Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (88)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

88. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach the budget and number of staff working in his Department in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [51080/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The information requested in respect of the years 2014 - 2018 is detailed in the following table.

There are currently 221.65 whole time equivalent staff employed in my Department. The administration pay budget for 2019 is €16.046 million. The increase in staff numbers reflects the additional responsibilities assigned to my Department in respect of climate action, national security, policing reform and Brexit.

My Department funds a number of inquiries including the Moriarty Tribunal (Est. 1997), the Cregan Commission (Est. 2015) and the Cooke Commission (Est. 2017). The average cost of inquiries to my Department for the period 2014 - 2018 was €5.246 million per year. In 2017 the cost of inquiries to my Department was €8.955 million. Commissions of Investigation and Tribunals of Inquiry are independent in their operation.

Year

Total Outturn

Administration Pay Budget

Staff Numbers

2014

€19.900 million

€11.422 million

185

2015

€22.379 million

€12.336 million

199

2016

€22.585 million

€12.886 million

188

2017

€27.588 million

€13.926 million

203.5

2018

€26.513 million

€15.101 million

211.5