Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (216)

Catherine Murphy


216. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of regular grade civil servants her Department has hired in advance of a no-deal Brexit; the number of specialist grade civil servants hired in advance of same; the budget made available in advance of Brexit for hiring of staff in advance of the UK withdrawal from the EU; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3315/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

In July 2018, and again in September 2018, a number of decisions were made at Cabinet relating to Brexit preparedness and contingency planning, including the phased recruitment of staff, as required. 

The Government has already sanctioned €4m for the commencement of a phased process for the recruitment of additional staff to carry out the greatly increased volumes of import controls and export certification arising from Brexit.

However, given the limited impact of Brexit on my Department, no requirement for additional staffing resources within my Department has been identified to date to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

No specific budget allocation has been made in my Department for the hiring of staff in advance of a UK withdrawal from the EU.

My Department continues to monitor the situation and to engage with all relevant structures and communication channels – coordinated by the Department of An Taoiseach.