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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Questions (250, 263, 276, 307)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

250. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will provide the details of the name, salary, position and roles of persons who are being paid for by his Department for secondment to another public, private or semi-private entity in tabular form following the announcement that the salary of a person (details supplied) being seconded to Trinity College, Dublin will be paid by the Department of Health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19547/22]

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Mattie McGrath

Question:

263. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will outline all of the secondment arrangements within his Department; the conditions related to such secondments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19867/22]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

276. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of persons currently employed in his Department who have been seconded in from the public sector; the number of Departmental officials seconded where the monies are recouped from the body the person is seconded to or where the Department pays for the person with no recoupment from the other organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20060/22]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

307. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of staff within his Department who availed of a secondment from January 2019 to date on the basis that it was not the intention of the staff member to return to their position within the Department. [20640/22]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 250, 263, 276 and 307 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the table below:

As of 25/4/22

On Payroll

Gross Salary Cost to the Dept

Not on Payroll

Seconded In

6

€514,000

12

Seconded Out

5

€203,236.80

12

As of 25/4/22

Civil Service

Public Service

Seconded In

6

12

Seconded Out

11

6

My Department does not provide individual identifiable data such as staff names which are considered to be personal data.

  Secondments in my Department are managed in line with the DPER Secondment Policy for the Civil Service 2021 and guideline’s and procedures governing secondments between civil and public service organisations and are reviewed on a regular basis. No secondment agreements are open ended or with the intention of the staff member not returning to their position within the Department. A secondment is a temporary arrangement which facilitates the release and movement of staff members for a specified period of time in a way which does not affect their employment status. Secondments provide staff members with opportunities to broaden their skills and continue their professional and personal development while retaining the right to return to their substantive or equivalent position at the end of the secondment. It also provides an opportunity for the Department to fill a temporary position, and the Department benefits from shared learning, good practice, new ideas and experience. My Department does not have any staff on secondment to or from the Private Sector.

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