Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Questions (513)

Mattie McGrath


513. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of staff employed in South Tipperary County Council and North Tipperary County Council in each of the years 2013 to 2018 and to date in Tipperary County Council in 2019; if they were full or part-time positions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48821/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority on a whole time equivalent basis. However, granular data, in terms of the detailed breakdown of all full time and part time positions, is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department.

Staffing numbers for the local authority sector are available on the Public Service Numbers databank which is hosted and maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and is available at the following link:


The information sought is available broken down on a quarterly basis. In 2013, individual staffing returns were provided for Tipperary North County Council and Tipperary South County Council and from 2014 onwards a single return for Tipperary County Council.

The staffing numbers for the end of Quarter 3, 2019 are currently being collated and will then be published on the DPER databank.