Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (168)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

168. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will provide a schedule of all staff employed by or seconded to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, including their grade and-or rank; the details in respect of their position and role, including the time duration that they have been seconded to the ODCE; and if options exist for seconded staff to extend their time with the ODCE. [38623/20]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

Since his appointment, the current Director of Corporate Enforcement has undertaken a significant restructuring of the Office to better reflect the organisation’s needs in the context of both its strategic shift towards deploying resources towards more serious indications of wrongdoing and the increasingly complex environment within which the ODCE operates.

Establishing the ODCE as the Corporate Enforcement Authority will give the Director greater autonomy and flexibility in terms of the ability to recruit staff with the necessary skills mix and depth of experience and will provide the Director with greater flexibility to adapt if the workload expands. The Bill is awaiting pre-legislative scrutiny at the Oireachtas Committee and I want to proceed with enactment as soon as possible.

The following table indicates a schedule of the current staff complement of ODCE by grade or rank, role and year of assignment to the ODCE.

Staff employed by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and who are assigned to the ODCE may transfer back to the parent Department on request, subject to the availability of a post relevant to their grade or specific professional qualifications. The table also indicates those staff recruited by the Public Appointments Service with particular skillsets and experience, required to fill particular roles. One officer at Assistant Principal grade is on secondment to the ODCE for a period of twelve months and can request to have this period of secondment extended.

The Director of Corporate Enforcement engages directly with An Garda Síochána regarding Garda resourcing of the ODCE. The Department is aware that a request for Garda resources has been made and understands 6 assignments will be made by year-end.

POST

-

ROLE

SPECIFIC COMPETITION?

YEAR OF ASSIGNMENT

Director

1

Director of Corporate Enforcement

y

2012

Digital Forensic Specialist

1

Technological assistance on investigations

y

2017

Principal Officer

1

Management and oversight of Insolvency and Corporate Services Units and liaison with the Department on related matters

n

2007

Enforcement Portfolio Managers

2

Management of investigations and enforcement

y

2017

Enforcement Lawyers

2

Legal advice to Office

y

2018

Forensic Accountants

4

Forensic examination of accounting and financial data

y

y

y

y

2016

2017

2018

2018

Solicitor

1

Solicitor to the Office; court appearances, engagement of counsel, etc

y

2002

Assistant Principals

3

Management of Enforcement Unit

Management of Insolvency Unit

Management of Corporate Services Unit

n

n

n

2020

2017

2002

Higher Executive Officers

8

Higher-level decision-making; staff management; local planning

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

n

2007

2007

2008

2009

2015

2017

2017

2018

Executive Officers

6

Decision-making; staff supervision

n

n

n

n

n

n

2012

2014

2017

2018

2018

2019

Clerical Officers

7

Clerical support to units

n

n

n

n

n

n

2002

2011

2012

2016

2018

2019

2019

Detective Inspector

1

Seconded from Garda National Economic Crime Bureau to the ODCE for criminal investigations - roles as per An Garda Síochána for each rank

n/a

2018

Detective Sergeant

3

Seconded from Garda National Economic Crime Bureau to the ODCE for criminal investigations - roles as per An Garda Síochána for each rank

n/a

2017

2019

2019

Detective Garda

4

Seconded from Garda National Economic Crime Bureau to the ODCE for criminal investigations - roles as per An Garda Síochána for each rank

n/a

2010

2012

2015

2017