Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (306)

Catherine Connolly


306. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the post of corporate compliance manager and two forensic accountant posts at the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement will be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37365/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Director of Corporate Enforcement has undertaken over the last two years a significant restructuring of the Office to better reflect the organisation’s needs in the context of both its strategic shift towards deploying resources towards more serious indications of wrongdoing and the increasingly complex environment within which the ODCE operates.

This restructuring has included the recruitment of a number of additional professional staff, including eight accounting professionals (one of whom was promoted to Enforcement Portfolio Manager), two Enforcement Portfolio Managers, two Enforcement Lawyers and a Digital Forensics Specialist, together with significant investment in a digital forensics laboratory, training and development. The recruitment and assimilation of a large number of new professional staff into a multi-disciplinary organisation that undertakes complex work in a fast-moving environment is a project that requires careful management. As such, the Director is of the view that it is preferable to allow that process to fully bed down before filling the Corporate Compliance manager vacancy. My Department continues to be in close engagement with the Public Appointments Service with regard to the filling of the two Forensic Accountant posts recently vacated.  The Director is further conscious of the fact that the transition of the ODCE to an independent Agency will give rise to additional expertise requirements and, as such, is of the view that it is prudent that those considerations should be factored into developing the roles required for the new Agency , and the associated skill set, required of the appointees.