Thursday, 21 January 2021

Questions (134)

Michael Ring


134. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number working in the Property Registration Authority; his plans to increase staffing levels in view of the inordinate delays in having applications dealt with and in view of the stress this is causing to persons finalising house sales and applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3211/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The current number of staff employed by the Property Registration Authority (PRA) is 571, representing 528.36 full-time equivalents.

On foot of the restrictions introduced by the Government on 30 December 2020, the PRA has implemented its Business Continuity Plan Level 5 response for the continued provision of essential services. The PRA is operating a high level of service at a reduced capacity. All services remain available, excluding public counter access.

Applications for registration are dealt with in order of priority. However, urgent applications are considered for expedited processing on a case-by-case basis.

There are no plans to review the staffing complement of the PRA.