9. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to set out the number of complaints received by the Commission for Public Service Appointments with regard to public sector recruitment practices in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47148/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Commission for Public Service Appointments)

Deputy James Browne: Will the Minister set out the number of complaints received by the Commission for Public Service Appointments with regard to public sector recruitment practices in 2017? Will the Minister make a comment on the matter, please?
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170. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); if his attention has been further drawn to the concerns of this person; if he has had any further engagement with the person on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39016/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Commission for Public Service Appointments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I can confirm that no further engagement has taken place with the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and the individual concerned since my response of 12th October 2016 to Parliamentary Question 29928.
As stated then, the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) is an independent statutory body and it is a matter for the Commission to deal with complaints under its various codes of practice.
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41. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the contacts between his office and a person (details supplied); the inquiries he has made on foot of the person’s complaint; the actions which were taken by the Commission for Public Service Appointments to investigate the complaint; his views on each of the individual claims submitted by the person; and his proposals to address the concerns raised by the person. (Question 29928/16 asked on 12 Oct 2016 - Commission for Public Service Appointments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) is an independent statutory body.  It is responsible for overseeing appointments to a wide range of positions in the Civil and Public Service.  In carrying out its oversight role, it audits recruitment processes and examines complaints from individuals unhappy with the conduct of an appointment process.  The CPSA may make recommendations, offer a...

36. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 17 of 14 October 2015, the date the legal tender was entered into; if it prevented the Commission for Public Service Appointments from having recourse to the taxing master process; why substantial fees were incurred in this case; if he is aware that the commission is liable for discharging the legal fees of the applicant who successfully argued that the commission was subject to judicial review; given this judgment, the changes he will introduce in the personnel, procedures and processes of the commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4507/16 asked on 03 Feb 2016 - Commission for Public Service Appointments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I am advised that the legal service provider was engaged by the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) in December 2009. The arrangement with the providers did not prevent the CPSA from having recourse to the Taxing Master process. The CPSA incurred legal fees in successfully defending an application for a Judicial Review. A discrete argument in the proceeding was whether or not the CPSA was subject to J...

86. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to review local authority membership of the Commission for Public Service Appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33479/15 asked on 30 Sep 2014 - Commission for Public Service Appointments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) was established under Section 11 of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments Act 2004. The CPSA establishes the standards of probity, merit, equity and fairness and other principles as they consider appropriate, to be followed, in the selection and recruitment of persons for positions in the Civil Service and other public bodies.
Sections 12 and 13 of the A...