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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 6 October 2020

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Questions (319)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

319. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht the number of staff in her Department on sick leave between March and September by month in 2019 and to date 2020; the pay arrangements that exist for staff on sick leave for an extended period of time; the number of sick days accounted for by her Department over the period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28940/20]

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Written answers (Question to Media)

Data supplied to my Department on the Human Resources reporting system is still aligned to the former Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The information is supplied for that Department over the periods in question. It is expected that the Human Resources reporting system for the new Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will be available later this month once all transferring staff have been reassigned on the National Shared Service Office reporting systems.

The information requested by the Deputy is set out hereunder in tabular format. The data is aggregated and there were varying lengths of absence depending on individual circumstances.

MONTH

YEAR

No of Staff on Sick Leave

No. of Sick Leave Days

March

2019

75

800

2020

60

678

April

2019

71

664

2020

25

492

May

2019

80

777

2020

25

412

June

2019

73

737

2020

27

442

July

2019

77

788

2020

34

492

August

2019

74

812

2020

27

342

September

2019

91

786

2020

26

358

The administrative arrangements for paid sick leave for civil servants are set out in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 05/2018: Arrangements for Paid Sick Leave, which is available on the DPER website www.circulars.gov.ie.

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