Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ceisteanna (54)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

54. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of complaints of bullying and sexual harassment, respectively received by his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [48034/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

My Department employs both civil servants and civilian employees attached to military installations. The following table provides details of the number of complaints of bullying or harassment received by my Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. There were no complaints of sexual harassment during the period in question.

Year

2016

2017

2018

2019

Complaints received

0

1

0

2

The Civil Service Dignity at Work Policy was rolled out to all civil service staff in my Department in 2015 and staff are reminded of the aims of the Policy, which deals with bullying, harassment and sexual harassment, annually. The Policy is also provided to all new staff joining my Department and is posted on the Department's Intranet. The relevant policy for civilian employees attached to military installations is A Positive Working Environment - An Anti Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying Policy for State Industrial Employees.