Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (234)

Michael Creed


234. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 177 of 4 February 2021, if the situation regarding persons who are placed on transfer panels will be clarified; the priority attached to such panels when filling internal vacancies; the way the HR function of agencies within the remit of her Department, including An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, the Legal Aid Board and so on, interact with the panels when vacancies at the grade for which the panel is in existence arise within their agencies; if there are internal mobility panels within these agencies which may supersede her Department's own panels; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7523/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to advise the Deputy that staff can express an interest in moving internally to other areas of the Department, and this is taken into consideration when filling vacancies. HR fill vacancies in line with sequencing obligations as set out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER).

Transfers for Department of Justice staff to bodies under the remit of the Department (such as An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, the Legal Aid Board, etc.) that have independent HR functions, and vice versa, are not considered to be internal moves, and fall within the scope of the Civil Service Mobility Scheme.

This scheme provides for cross-organisational moves to locations throughout the country, is applied for centrally through PeoplePoint (the Human Resources Shared Service centre for the Civil Service), and is managed by the individual HR functions of Civil Service organisations. Mobility processes governed by DPER cover cross-organisational transfers for Assistant Principal Officers & Principal Officers. Further details of the Civil Service Mobility Scheme can be found here:

Where internal mobility panels (outside the scope of the Civil Service Mobility Scheme), are operated by the Department’s Offices and Agencies they are managed by the relevant HR areas in those organisations based on their business requirements.