Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, 2105, 2106, 2107)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2101. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of new Department staff hired at Dublin Port to prepare for the possibility of the UK becoming a third country with the European Union and the increased export certification as well as sanitary and phytosanitary controls and checks required for live animals and food products; the number of new Department staff hired at the port in each year since 2016 and to date in 2019; the number of Department staff employed at the port by grade. [34254/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2102. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when Rosslare Harbour gained border inspection post status from the European Union, EU; the number of new Department staff hired at the port to prepare for the possibility of the UK becoming a third country with the EU and the increased export certification as well as sanitary and phytosanitary controls and checks required for live animals and food products. [34255/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2103. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of sanitary and phytosanitary, SPS, and fisheries control officials that will be operational on 31 October 2019 out of the planned recruitment of 116 staff for SPS and fisheries controls as agreed on 18 September 2018; the number of such officials that have been hired as a Brexit mitigation measure that are operational in view of the fact the Minister for Finance has confirmed that the Revenue Commissioners have appointed over 550 staff from open recruitment and interdepartmental competitions with the majority of these assigned to customs roles. [34256/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2104. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of full and part-time staff veterinary officers and inspectors respectively employed in his Department at the end of June 2019, by Civil Service grade and division; the number of veterinary staff that will be operational on 31 October 2019, in tabular form. [34257/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2105. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of portal inspectors, plant health inspectors and administrative support staff employed in his Department at the end of June 2019, by Civil Service grade and division; the number of such staff that will be operational on 31 October 2019, in tabular form. [34258/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2106. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated number of private veterinary practitioners that may be needed for border inspection post duty as part of his contingency planning in the event of a no-deal Brexit; the number of such practitioners that have been hired to date; and the number targeted for 31 October 2019. [34259/19]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2107. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of staff recruited to date under the allocation in 2019 following the allocation in budget 2019 of €7 million for staff and information technology costs arising from additional import control and export certification requirements arising from Brexit; his plans for advertising for such positions; the timelines for recruitment; when the first staff hires took up these positions in 2019; and the number estimated to be hired for sanitary, phytosanitary and veterinary staff. [34260/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2101 to 2107, inclusive, together.

Given the large volume of information sought by the Deputy the information will be forwarded in the coming days.