Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (87)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

87. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of regular grade civil servants his 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 he will make a statement on the matter. [3326/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Budget 2019 includes specific measures aimed at continuing our comprehensive domestic response to the impact of Brexit across Government.  This included €4 million for the recruitment on a phased basis of additional staff to implement necessary measures including in the areas of customs, SPS and food safety controls.

Within my own Department Brexit issues are coordinated by the Brexit/EU/North South Unit.  The Unit supports me in my work on Brexit, leads work across the Department and its agencies, and represents the Department on the various groups that coordinate's the Government's response to Brexit.  Brexit issues are also addressed by staff in relevant areas across the Department.