Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (37)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

37. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons recruited to date to the Civil Service on panels specifically reserved for those with a competency in Irish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46027/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Irish Language is an important area for the Government. 

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is an independent, statutory body which provides professional recruitment and selection services to the civil and public service. 

 PAS is also responsible for the recruitment and selection of candidates with proficiency in Irish to meet the needs of clients, and providing such candidates in a timely manner.  PAS initially included Irish language proficiency as a separate stream for general service recruitment competitions. 

More recently, stand-alone competitions are being held to establish panels for entry grades; in these cases, all of the selection processes are conducted through Irish.  This included a Clerical Officer competition in 2018 and we are currently planning Executive Officer and Higher Executive Officer competitions for candidates with fluency in Irish. 

 General Service Grade Assignments to Irish Language Posts Since 2016 are set out in the table:

Grade

2016

2017

2018

2019

Totals

CO

0

20

0

15

35

EO

18

4

0

0

22

AO

0

4

0

0

4

HEO

0

1

0

0

1

AP

0

2

0

0

2

Totals

18

31

0

15

64

PAS also recruits Garda Trainees and have run numerous Recruitment Campaigns for the Garda Trainee position since 2013.   The statistics for the Irish element of these competitions are set out in the following table:  

YEAR

Number   Qualified

2013

35

2016

28

2017

4

2018

10

2019

6

 PAS also recruits for posts across the public service where the ability to communicate effectively in Irish is an essential requirement.  Since 2013 PAS has recruited for the following:   

Competition

Number Assigned

Príomh Oifigeach in Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga

1

Aistritheoir Grád III  i dTithe an Oireachtas

2

Primary District Inspector in the Department of Education and Skills

8

Aistritheoir Grád III  i dTithe an Oireachtas

4

Aistritheoir Grád I dTithe an Oireachtas

3

Aistritheoir Grád III  i dTithe an Oireachtas

5

EAM with responsibility for Translation Services State Examination Commission

1

Communications and Media Manager Deprtment of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

1

Parliamentary Reporter in the Houses of the Oireachtas

1

Primary District Inspector in the Dept of Education and Skills

TBC