Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (176)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

176. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of full-time equivalent staff permanently employed by his Department and assigned to the passport service in each of the years 2012 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13234/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The following table details the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff permanently employed by my Department and assigned to the Passport Service on 1 January for each of the years requested:

Year

No. of Staff (FTE) 

2012

306.8

2013

297.8

2014

286.9

2015

272.6

2016

269.7

2017

301.7

2018

322.5

In addition to this, 20 permanent staff have joined the Passport Service since the beginning of this year. Furthermore, the Passport Service has received sanction for 220 Temporary Clerical Officers (TCOs) this year to be appointed to the Passport Offices in Dublin and Cork in order to respond to seasonal demands and anticipated application increases.