I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the matter referred to by him has been resolved. The information available in my Department has been forwarded to the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection.
There are 120,000 teaching and non teaching and retired staff paid on a fortnightly basis on payrolls operated by my Department. There are up to 20,000 changes to the payrolls for the commencement of the new school year. This consists of retirements, resignations, career breaks, job-sharing, new appointments, increases / decreases in teaching hours, temporary contracts, secondments, award of Contracts of Indefinite Duration, re-deployments, and pension payment set ups.
Accordingly, at this time of year the priority of my Department is to ensure that all staff being appointed to schools and those retiring are paid salary or pension as soon as possible.