Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (606)

Holly Cairns

Question:

606. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice the number of instances of officials in her Department requesting conscience-based refusal in dealing with legislation or the administration of areas of Departmental responsibility that have occurred since 1 January 2017; the legislation or areas concerned; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8336/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised that issues raised around the undertaking of particular work by staff members would be dealt with, in the normal course, by the line management of the officer concerned and/or by Human Resources. My Department's HR Division has advised that there are no formal records of staff raising conscience based refusal that they are aware of but that if such a request was received it may have been dealt with informally.