Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (120)

James Browne


120. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding the recruitment of 30 officers to Rosslare Europort; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52885/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

In September 2018, the Government granted approval in principle for the phased recruitment of an additional 600 Revenue staff to meet the challenges posed by Brexit.  Budget 2019 provided Revenue with the funding needed for 270 of the additional 600 staff to be recruited during 2019 to manage an orderly UK withdrawal from the EU.

Following a Government decision in December 2018 to give greater priority to the preparations for a no-deal Brexit, it was agreed to accelerate Revenue’s recruitment plans. In the period from September 2018 to the end of October 2019, Revenue appointed 588 staff (of the 600 agreed in September 2018) to Brexit related roles. Of these, 30 staff were assigned to Rosslare Europort. I am advised by Revenue that recruitment, training and deployment of staff is subject to ongoing adjustment in light of evolving business needs and Brexit-related developments.