Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (102)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

102. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of vacant desk spaces available in accommodation allocated to his Department in Civil Service accommodation outside Dublin city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46295/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

Outside of Dublin city my Department has office accommodation in Balbriggan in County Dublin as well as in Cork and Limerick cities. Usage of desks in the Passport Offices in Balbriggan and Cork varies considerably throughout the year, in line with the demand for passports. During the busiest months of March-August all workspaces are fully utilised while during September-February lower numbers of temporary staff are engaged and some desks are temporarily vacant. The Department’s offices in Limerick accommodate staff from the Development Cooperation and Africa, Corporate Services and Finance Divisions as well as from the Evaluation and Audit Unit. There are currently four vacant desk spaces in the Limerick office. These are used as "hot-desks" by colleagues visiting from other offices.