Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (253)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

253. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of agency staff hired and-or engaged by his Department in the past five years to date; the cost per year of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49305/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The information requested by the Deputy is being assessed by my officials and will be forwarded to the Deputy within 10 working days. 

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A

Year

Number of agency staff hired or engaged

Cost

2015

3 (occasionally 4)

€306,846.91

2016

3 (occasionally 4)

€293,474.88

2017

3 (occasionally 4)

€294,805.93

2018

3 (occasionally 2 or 4)

€101,398.56

2019 (to date)

1

€76,390.89

The three Irish Coast Guard Rescue Co-ordination Centres are staffed by Department employees who are recruited with a maritime background and qualification. A contract was established in 2014 to enable short term staff vacancies be filled by personnel with previous experience in Search and Rescue co-ordination. Currently one vacancy is filled by a contracted staff member.