Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (101, 102)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

101. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of civil servants who have left and or retired from his Department in the past ten years who were bound by a cooling-off period in respect of taking up new employment in the private sector by grade, year and sector the staff moved on to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38150/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

102. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of civil servants who have left and or retired from his Department in the past ten years who were not bound by a cooling-off period in respect of taking up new employment in the private sector by grade, year, and sector the staff moved on to; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38166/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.

Civil Servants at my Department are subject to the terms of the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour.  Section 20 of the said Code addresses the matter of officials engaging in private sector employment or in consultancy work following resignation or retirement.

I trust the Deputy will appreciate that it would take an inordinate amount of official time to retrace resignations/retirements for a ten year period. Therefore, I would suggest that if the Deputy has a concern about a particular case, she should provide me with specific details and I will request officials at my Department to examine the matter.