Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (332)

Charlie McConalogue


332. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 2102 to 2107 of 23 July 2019, the most recent figure for the number of positions that remain to be filled in a hard Brexit scenario as provided in his correspondence (details supplied). [40588/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Focussing on immediate initial requirements in the area of East-West import controls for UK product into Ireland and the export of a limited range of agri-food products to the UK, in the event of a no-deal Brexit on October 31st, my Department will have 240 staff resources available across a range of disciplines in both front line control and back-up administrative spheres.

As of this week, a total of 148 new staff resources have been recruited by my Department. In addition, 60 resources are designated for assignment through internal redeployment of staff. My Department has also signed contracts with 31 Private Veterinary Practitioners (PVPs) for the provision of services to supplement the resources to be deployed in Dublin and Rosslare ports. 

My Department will continue to keep staffing requirements under review in response to ongoing developments.