49. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20615/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Twenty five civil servants and seven civilian staff, all on an incremental pay scale, are currently employed with my Department on a salary below that specified by the Deputy. In addition, apprentices who are undergoing training are paid apprenticeship rates of pay.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has overall responsibility for public service pay policy throughout the public sector and the rates applied in...

87. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20620/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are 17 officers in my Department whose hourly rate is below €11.70 and no staff in my Department are paid less than the National Minimum Wage.
It is important that Ireland’s statutory National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not confused. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate o...

107. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20616/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The issue raised by the Deputy would only impact on the grades of Services Officer and Cleaner at my Department. However, the staff presently engaged at these grades are on incremental pay scales and have extensive service and in recognition of this they are on the higher points of the scale which exceed the rate mentioned by the Deputy in his question. 
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128. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20619/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that based on current staffing figures, 185 staff in my Department are in receipt of a salary below €11.70 per hour. 
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211. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20617/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The staff of my Department are on centrally negotiated civil service pay scales. There are a number of Clerical Officers on the lower end of the pay scale for that grade who are on salaries below the living wage of €11.70 per hour but as they progress over time on the Clerical Officer pay scale, their salaries will exceed the living wage.
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304. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20618/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Payment of salaries to staff of my Department is made in line with pay scales approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Currently, there are two members of staff in my Department earning a salary below the amount of €11.70 per hour.  This figure will reduce as and when the staff concerned progress along an incremental scale.
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309. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of staff engaged in the housing delivery office per annum since its establishment; the average length of service in the office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20689/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): In line with the commitment under Action 2.9 of Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, a dedicated Housing Delivery Office (HDO) was established within my Department, in August 2016, to support the accelerated delivery of housing across the social and private sectors, and tenure spectrum, in an integrated and timely manner. Working with the broader Housing and Planning Divisions in my Department, o...

2. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach the overall number of staff employed in his Department in 2018 compared with 2017. (Question 19096/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 to 4, inclusive, together.
There are currently 207.5 whole-time equivalent staff working in my Department. This compares with 203.5 whole-time equivalent staff on 31 December 2017.
My Department is structured around seven main work areas. The breakdown of posts currently in each of these areas is as follows: 29 posts in the international, EU and Northern Ireland division; 25 posts in the economic division; 27 posts in the Government secretariat...

3. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach if he will report on staffing levels in his Department. (Question 19723/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 to 4, inclusive, together.
There are currently 207.5 whole-time equivalent staff working in my Department. This compares with 203.5 whole-time equivalent staff on 31 December 2017.
My Department is structured around seven main work areas. The breakdown of posts currently in each of these areas is as follows: 29 posts in the international, EU and Northern Ireland division; 25 posts in the economic division; 27 posts in the Government secretariat...

4. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach the number of staff employed in his Department in the past 12 months. (Question 20061/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 to 4, inclusive, together.
There are currently 207.5 whole-time equivalent staff working in my Department. This compares with 203.5 whole-time equivalent staff on 31 December 2017.
My Department is structured around seven main work areas. The breakdown of posts currently in each of these areas is as follows: 29 posts in the international, EU and Northern Ireland division; 25 posts in the economic division; 27 posts in the Government secretariat...

136. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of staff in his Department including executive agencies by grade and location in counties Clare, Kerry and Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20232/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed that the information requested by the Deputy, including in relation to all agencies under the aegis of my Department, is set out in the table.
  Location  Office/ Body Grade Number  Cork  Courts Service County Registrar 1     Principal Officer 1     Assistant Principal Officer 4     Higher Executive Officer 17     Executive Officer 20     Clerical Officer 35     Court Crier 1  Cork Garda Síochán...

137. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of transfers of Department of Justice and Equality staff planned in 2018 and 2019 in zone 7 under the mobility policy section; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19905/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Phase 1A of the Civil Service Mobility scheme was launched for Clerical Officers and Executive Officers to apply for mobility in November 2017. Over 3,300 staff members have applied for mobility since its launch.  
When the Mobility system becomes operational for organisations to initiate transfers, vacant posts will be filled in accordance with the following organisational sequence.
CO – 50% Mobility : 50% Open;
EO – 40% Open ...

451. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of staff engaged in the co-ordination and monitoring unit to assist local authorities and regional assemblies in the development of the housing needs demand assessment; the anticipated number by the end of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18791/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The National Planning Framework (NPF), published by Government in February 2018 under Project Ireland 2040, provides for a Housing Need Demand Assessment (HNDA) to be developed by each local authority, in a co-ordinated fashion, to support the preparation of wider statutory housing and core strategies as part of the relevant local authority development plans. 
The HDNA approach is envisaged as a refinement of the existin...

92. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff allocated to the infrastructure projects office; the number anticipated by year end 2018; the allocated budget for 2018 and 2019, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18472/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As part of the implementation of Project Ireland 2040, a number of actions are underway by my Department.
We have now established the high level Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board, jointly chaired by the Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Secretary General of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, to provide strategic leadership and direction to ensure the active man...

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...