Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2863)

John Curran

Ceist:

2863. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of new staff recruited in the four Dublin local authorities in order to implement the Climate Action Plan 2019 locally in the city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32036/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

In January 2018, Dublin City Council was nominated as the lead authority for the Dublin Metropolitan Region, to establish a Climate Action Regional Office with a €10 million financial commitment from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Following on from this on 26th March 2018, my Department received four staffing sanction requests from Dublin City Council on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities. The status of these requests is set out in the following table.

Title of Post

Type of contract sought

Outcome

1 X Regional Co-ordinator –Senior Engineer level

5 year contract

Approved 11th April 2018

1 X Executive Engineer level

5 year contract

Approved 11th April 2018

1 X Assistant Engineer level

5 year contract

Approved 11th April 2018

1 X Senior Staff Officer

5 year contract

Approved 11th April 2018

My Department received a staff sanction request from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for a Climate Action Officer, on a 5 year contract basis, on 28 June 2019 and this request is pending, awaiting supporting information from the Council.

It is open to the local authorities to submit staff sanction requests to facilitate the delivery of their services and each staffing sanction request is examined on a case by case basis having due regard to the delivery of important initiatives and services and in the overall context of agreed staffing numbers and budgetary constraints.