Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (630)

Declan Breathnach

Ceist:

630. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) based in her Department in County Louth will be replaced after the official retires in two weeks' time; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8227/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

My Department, like all Government departments and agencies is required to operate within a staff ceiling figure and a commensurate administrative staffing budget, which for this Department has involved reductions in staff.

The staffing needs for all areas within the Department are continuously reviewed, taking account of workloads, management priorities and the ongoing need to respond to new increasing demands in a wide range of services. The objective is to ensure that the best use is made of all available resources with a view to providing an efficient service to those who rely on the schemes operated by the Department. 

The vacancy in Louth is being examined and a decision will be made in due course.

I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.