Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (923)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

923. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 859 of 3 February 2021, if he will report on the areas of the question on the pandemic intersectoral and international policy unit in his Department which were not answered the first time, namely the aims and actions of the unit; the cost of the unit; if minutes are available to Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7273/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In response to COVID-19 the pandemic intersectoral and international policy unit was established with the aim of representing the Department of Health in cross government and international discussions including in relation to international travel measures.

As part of this effort the unit actions involve Passenger Locator Form regulations, operations, and data sharing, in addition to coordination support for international engagement including the EU Health Security Committee and the EU Integrated Political Crisis Response Arrangements. The unit has and will continue to take action in response to intersectoral and other ad-hoc issues as needed.

Due to the agile and responsive nature of the unit, team meetings are on an as needed basis, involving part or all the team as required. As these are internal meetings, which deal with the daily activities and actions of the unit, they are not formally minuted.

There is currently one Principal Officer, three Assistant Principal Officers, two Higher Executive Officers, one Administrative Officer and one Executive Officer on the unit.

Salary scales outline in the table below:

Grade

Salary Scale

Principal Officer

89,072 - 109,547

Assistant Principal Officer

69,012 - 85,415

Higher Executive Officer

49,845 - 62,776

Administrative Officer

33,053 - 62,776

Executive Officer

30,884 - 51,851