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Air Accident Investigations

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 November 2019

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Questions (544)

Catherine Connolly


544. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of vacancies by job title in the air accident investigation unit; the estimated full-year cost of filling each of the vacancies in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47308/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

No vacancies exist in the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) at this time. However, I do wish to advise the Deputy of the following:

As part of my Department's Work Force Plan, sanction was sought and approval given to recruit an additional Pilot/Inspector for the Air Accident Investigation Unit in 2019.

This position was recently advertised through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) with applications closing on the 31 October 2019. The PAS is currently establishing an Interview Board and it is hoped that the Interview process can be completed by the end of December 2019. If a candidate is deemed successful in this competition and that individual accepts employment in the AAIU as an Inspector of Air Accidents – Pilot/Operations , this will bring the establishment of the AAIU to full strength as sought for by the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents.

The estimated full year cost at the first point of entry is €87,325 pa.