Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (152)

Catherine Murphy


152. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide the costs incurred to date in respect of a consultancy regarding the reorganisation of his Department (details supplied); the number of staff by grade who were reassigned to new roles as part of the departmental reform; the number of disputes and-or appeals by staff regarding their reassignments within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40829/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

In January 2019, the Department commenced work on a significant Transformation Programme, most notably in response to the recommendations of the Effectiveness and Renewal Group (ERG) which was established by Government in January 2018 to identify the changes necessary to enable the Department to meet the changed demands of the environment in which it now operates.

EY was selected as the Department's Implementation Partner for the programme following a competitive tender process. The cost incurred to date in respect to the consultancy regarding the reorganisation of the department is €3,513,114. This information is publicly available on the Department’s website.

Number of staff by grade that were reassigned to new roles

The Programme moves the Department from a traditional, divisional structure to a functional structure and is the largest change programme in the Department’s history.

In line with ERG recommendations, the work of the Department has been aligned under a Civil Justice and Equality Pillar and a Criminal Justice Pillar.

In the new operating model, the work in each Pillar will be structured by functional area (e.g. Policy, Governance) rather than thematic area (e.g. Policing, Equality).

The move to a functional operating model means that most staff have experienced some level of change to their role, with almost 500 staff relocating to a different building.

The following is the breakdown of staff who were reassigned into new roles by grade as part of the Departmental reform.



Assistant Secretary




Principal Officer


Assistant Principal


Administrative Officer


Higher Executive Officer


Executive Officer


Clerical Officer




Number of disputes and/or appeals by staff regarding reassignments

There were three cases referred to human resources in respect of reassignments. In each case, an appropriate resolution was found to accommodate the needs of the individual and in all instances this was done informally. No formal disputes or appeals arose.