Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (64)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

64. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Finance the number of new customs officials who will be hired to help deal with Brexit; the number hired and trained to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38125/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Budget 2017 provided Revenue with resources for an additional 40 staff to prepare for Brexit.  These staff were recruited and trained in 2017 and 2018. In September 2018, the Government granted approval in principle for the phased recruitment of an additional 600 Revenue staff to meet the challenges posed by Brexit. I am advised by Revenue that 519 of these staff have already been  appointed and trained, with the remaining staff to be in place and trained by 31 October 2019.