100. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of each political appointment to his Department since he was appointed; the pay grade, experience and qualification of each person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16875/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Ms. Sarah Kavanagh is a Special Advisor in my Office.  She holds a BA degree in History and Politics, an MA degree in Politics, an MA in Political Communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and a Barrister at Law Degree.  Ms. Kavanagh worked in the Houses of the Oireachtas as a Parliamentary Assistant and Senior Policy Officer for nine years and as a Special Advisor in three Government Departments over the last four years....

122. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Taoiseach the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; and if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the civil service when they have served a fixed period of time. (Question 16437/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: There are no temporary Clerical Officers or temporary Clerical Assistants employed by my Department.
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162. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16427/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There are no Clerical Assistants employed in my Department. There are eight Temporary Clerical Officers employed in my Department, with periods of service at this point ranging from 2 months to 19 months.  The Department is not in a position to offer permanent positions at the conclusion of such temporary contracts.  Recruitment of staff to permanent Clerical Officer positions is the subject of a separate open competition run b...

196. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16431/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Each year my Department recruits Temporary Clerical Officers for the Passport Service to meet the seasonal demand in passport applications.
We have seen a marked increase in demand for passports and citizenship via foreign birth registration from applicants since the Brexit vote. Therefore, Temporary Clerical Officers have also been recruited to assist with this extra demand in both the Passport Office and in Consular D...

272. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Finance the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16430/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to inform the Deputy that under a restructuring agreement in 1997 the Clerical Assistant Grade was abolished.
The Department of Finance currently has one Clerical Officer on a temporary contract since February, 2018. This assignment is for a specific period of time and it is not anticipated that the officer’s contract will be extended as the work of the Unit is being transferred to the National Shared Services Office later this year.
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311. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16435/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I can confirm to the Deputy that there are no Clerical Officers or Clerical Assistants on temporary contracts in my Department.
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462. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16428/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department currently has 32 Temporary Clerical Officers (TCOs) engaged across four locations, to supplement the existing staffing cohort of the Department.  The majority of TCOs have been appointed to positions which are temporary due to the short-term nature of the body of work or in a small number of cases the positions are to cover a number maternity or long-term sick leave absences, for which contracts of indefinite duration would...

574. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set down the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16434/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In relation to the question posed by the Deputy I would just like to clarify that the grade of clerical assistant no longer exists in the civil service. My Department currently has 14 clerical officers employed on temporary contracts. The following table details the number of staff and the duration of their employment in my Department.
 Duration of contract Number of staff 2-3 years 1 1-2 years 9 Less than 1 year 4 Tota...

621. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in her Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16423/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): There are currently no clerical officers serving in my Department on a temporary contract. While temporary vacancies at clerical officer level may arise at various times and for various reasons, requests to fill these vacancies are undertaken through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). PAS, acts as the centralised recruitment assessment and selection body for my Department.
My Department has not recruited any Cleri...

757. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the draft legislation, law or policy that each AP in his Department’s mental health unit has worked on during 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15437/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 757 and 758 together.
There is one Assistant Principal Officer in my Department working full time on mental health legislation, assisted by one Higher Executive Officer.  In addition and following the appointment of an additional AP to the Unit, it has been possible to reallocate the workload to prioritise the need to progress the Units legislative requirements.
Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2...

758. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of days worked on drafting the general scheme of his Department’s new mental health legislation; the number of APs who have worked on this project; his views on the delayed publication of the Bill’s draft scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15438/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 757 and 758 together.
There is one Assistant Principal Officer in my Department working full time on mental health legislation, assisted by one Higher Executive Officer.  In addition and following the appointment of an additional AP to the Unit, it has been possible to reallocate the workload to prioritise the need to progress the Units legislative requirements.
Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2...

977. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16432/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Department has one temporary clerical officer who has been engaged on a contract of two years’ duration for specific work to be completed over a fixed period of time and it is not anticipated that this temporary clerical officer will be retained beyond the end of that period. 
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1126. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16422/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Currently my Department recruits temporary clerical officers (the clerical assistant grade no longer exists) from specific recruitment processes run by the Public Appointment Service. This recruitment process is solely aimed at meeting short term business requirements only and is not for the purpose of filling permanent positions. The Department also recruits clerical officers for permanent positions through the Public Appoi...

1192. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16425/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department does not currently employ any Clerical Officers or Clerical Assistants on a temporary contract basis.
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1320. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16438/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): There are currently 7 Clerical Officers on temporary assignment in my Department.  There are no Clerical Assistants.
The duration  and period of a temporary contract varies from post to post. There is no entitlement to a permanent position.
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1345. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in her Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16424/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department currently employs four temporary clerical officers (TCO’s) who came from the Public Appointments Service (PAS) Temporary Clerical Officer panel in May, June July and October 2016 respectively. All four TCO’s have been provided with contracts to undertake specified project work, on completion of which, their services will no longer be required. 
Permanent clerical officer positions in this Department are filled thro...

1465. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in her Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served for a fixed period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16429/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Temporary clerical staff are recruited to cover absences of permanent staff on maternity leave, long term sick leave, other statutory leave and also to provide cover for some staff availing of the shorter working year scheme. They are also recruited to alleviate work pressure in certain areas, and to assist in the roll-out of the Public Services Card project.
Temporary contracts are offered for a fixed term or a fixed...

1611. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to set out the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in his Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16433/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): There are currently two Temporary Clerical Officers employed in my Department. Both are employed on three month contracts with the option to extend for two additional three month periods subject to business needs. Both were recruited through a competition run by the Public Appointments Service and, in line with the terms and conditions of the competition, the assignments are to temporary positions only with no entitlem...

1670. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of clerical officers and clerical assistants in her Department on temporary contracts by years of service; if these officers will be offered permanent positions in the Civil Service when they have served a fixed period; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16426/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that 15 Temporary Clerical Officers were appointed to my Department from 01/01/2017 to date. The duration of the contracts was a minimum of 8 weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks, with no contract exceeding a year in duration. No permanent position was offered following these temporary contracts as the work was for a fixed period of time to meet business needs within particular units.
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429. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of staff working in the social welfare appeals office; the estimated full year cost of increasing the number of staff by 10%; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14749/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): There are currently 82 staff (78.05 full-time equivalent) working in the Social Welfare Appeals Office. 
The full year cost of increasing the staff complement by 10% would amount to approximately €375,000.
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107. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach the percentage of persons employed in his Department that have a disability, expressed in whole-time equivalent terms and in head count terms; and the way in which the number of persons with disabilities employed compares with national targets. (Question 14446/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: As at 31 December 2017, 4.6% of the staff of my Department (or 4.8% when expressed in whole time equivalent terms) voluntarily and confidentially disclosed a disability. This exceeds the minimum requirement of 3% for public sector organisations set down in the Disability Act, 2005.
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109. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the percentage of persons employed in his Department that have a disability, expressed in whole-time equivalent terms and in head count terms; and the way in which the number of persons with disabilities employed compares with national targets. (Question 14436/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Statistics are compiled by my Department and submitted to the National Disability Authority retrospectively during the first quarter of each year in respect of the previous year. The return for 2017 is currently being finalised. 
This is expected to confirm that at the end of 2017 there were 351 civil servants employed in the Department of Defence of which 20, or 5.7%, had declared a disability under the definition of a disabil...

123. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the percentage of persons employed in his Department that have a disability, expressed in whole-time equivalent terms and in head count terms; and the way in which the number of persons with disabilities employed compares with national targets. (Question 14440/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 31 December 2016, 3.64% of staff in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had a declared disability in accordance with the definition in the Disability Act 2005. The 2016 figure is the most recently available and was submitted to the National Disability Authority (NDA) for inclusion in their Annual Report 2017. Figures for 2017 are expected to be available in the second quarter of this year.
Under the Disab...

144. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the percentage of persons employed in his Department who have a disability expressed in whole-time equivalent terms and in head count terms; and the way in which the number of persons with disabilities employed compares with national targets. (Question 14439/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware, the Disability Act 2005 sets out the legal obligations of public service bodies and includes: 
- the promotion and support of the employment of people with disabilities 
- compliance with any statutory Code of Practice 
- meeting the target of 3% of employing people with disabilities and 
- reporting annually on the achievement of these obligations.
The Department of Finance adheres to its requirements as set out by Disabilit...

150. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the percentage of persons employed in his Department that have a disability, expressed in whole-time equivalent terms and in head count terms; and the way in which the number of persons with disabilities employed compares with national targets. (Question 14444/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Each year, in accordance with the Disability Act 2005, the Department submits a report highlighting the percentage of staff within the department who have self-declared a disability. This information for all Departments and Offices is collated centrally by the Civil Service HR Policy Division within my Department and forwarded on to the National Disabil...