Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (296)

Thomas Byrne


296. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of employing an additional ten, 20, 50 and 100 new NEPS psychologists for special needs assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31276/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can inform the Deputy that the average direct pay and non-pay cost per annum of employing an Educational Psychologist in my Departments NEPS service is €75,000 per annum. The estimated annual additional cost, therefore, of employing 10, 20, 50 or 100 psychologists would be; 10 posts - €0.75m,   20 posts - €1.5m,  50 posts- €3.75m and 100 posts- €7.5m .