615. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the position regarding the filling of the vacant preschool inspector’s post in County Louth. (Question 49109/13 asked on 19 Nov 2013 - Child Care Services Inspections)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006, the HSE has responsibility for pre-school inspections. There are areas throughout the country where gaps in the inspection services have been identified and the HSE is currently at an advanced stage of recruiting additional inspectors to address this deficit. These recruitments will strengthen the pre-school inspections system in a number of areas including c...