Thursday, 9 September 2021

Questions (255)

Matt Carthy


255. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department approved the expenditure associated with the role of government UN Special Envoy on Freedom of Expression proposed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the details of any communications between his Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs in regard to this post; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42831/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

No request for expenditure approval was received by this Department in relation to either the role of UN special envoy or the person identified. In general, staffing matters are managed by Departments within overall expenditure ceilings.

In the normal course of events, my Department is available to assist other Departments with the range of technical queries that can often arise with many individual posts including the position of Special Envoy. In this case there was contact from the Department of Foreign Affairs on 26 July requesting clarifications on pension issues. These queries were subsequently withdrawn.