Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2075)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

2075. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of veterinary inspectors, portal inspectors and plant health inspectors recruited in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32902/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Veterinary Inspectors carry out a wide variety of duties within my Department in the areas of animal health and welfare, disease control, physical checks on imports of animals, plants, and products of animal and plant origin etc. The table below details the number of Veterinary Inspectors recruited in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019:

Veterinary Inspector Recruitment

No. of Staff

2017

VETERINARY INSPECTOR

Hire

22

2018

VETERINARY INSPECTOR

Hire

21

2019

VETERINARY INSPECTOR

Hire

17

Rehire

5

Grand Total

65

Breakdowns in terms of the other grades referenced will be provided directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.