Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (474)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

474. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of full and part-time staff, respectively, employed in the forestry licensing section in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by grade . [47087/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department has three divisions tasked with all aspects of Forestry, two of which are directly involved in forestry licensing. These are (i) Forestry Policy Division, comprising administrative personnel and (ii) Forestry Inspectorate, comprising forestry inspectors and other technical personnel.

Forestry Division manages the administrative aspects of the forestry licensing process, scheme payments, policy, promotions and finances. The Division includes personnel at all grades from clerical to senior management. A significant proportion of administrative staff are involved in forestry licensing.

Forestry Inspectorate comprises forest inspectors, archaeological and ecological resources and senior management. Again, while forestry inspectors are involved in all aspects of forestry, a large portion of their time is involved in assessing forestry licence applications.

The data presented in the following table details the personnel by grade for each of these two divisions at 31st December in each year 2010 to 2018 and as of 11th November, 2019. The data has been further broken down to show full-time and part-time personnel. There are some caveats on ecology staff who are recorded on the system by their Forestry Grade. This is clarified in the footnote below the Table.

Division

Grade

Pattern

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Forestry Division

Administrative Officer

Full Time

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

Asst Principal

Full Time

5

4

5

5

5

4

4

4

4

3

Part-Time

1

1

1

Clerical Officer

Full Time

31

21

25

27

26

23

23

28

23

19

Part-Time

11

13

12

11

12

11

11

12

14

16

Executive Officer

Full Time

19

20

22

20

20

20

18

18

20

19

Part-Time

7

4

4

6

6

6

8

9

6

8

Higher Executive Officer

Full Time

9

8

10

8

7

5

5

6

5

5

Part-Time

3

3

1

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

Principal

Full Time

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Forestry Inspectorate

Clerical Officer

Full Time

1

1

1

1

1

1

Engineer Grade 3 Civil

Full Time

1

1

Executive Officer

Part-Time

1

Forestry Ecologist *

Full Time

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Forestry Inspector Grade 1

Full Time

4

4

5

6

6

6

5

5

6

7

Part-Time

1

Forestry Inspector Grade 2

Full Time

12

11

8

8

8

8

7

10

8

9

Forestry Inspector Grade 3

Full Time

15

18

13

15

14

20

22

16

17

23

Part-Time

3

1

Principal

Full Time

1

Senior Inspector

Full Time

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Grand Total

123

111

113

113

111

113

113

117

113

117

* 2010 - 2014: 1 ecologist (recorded as Forestry Inspector Grade 1 for the years 2012 -2014 due to promotion); 2015: 2 ecologists (Forestry Inspector Grade 1 and Ecologist Grade 3); 2016 -2018: 1 Ecologist Grade 3, and 2019: 2 ecologists (Forestry Inspector Grade 1 and Ecologist Grade 3).