Tuesday 17 October 2017

How some gaps got plugged

A look at how some roles in the public service have been filled, despite the recruitment ban.





  • Five tipstaffs (assistants to judges) paid between €407 and €567 a week.
  • Assistant secretary in Department of Education and Science, on a salary between €125,000 and €143,000. A second position was rejected. A retired assistant secretary in the Department of the Environment was also replaced.
  • Deputy head for medical assessment scheme in Department of Social Protection to "provide management level to ensure appropriate monitoring of illness cases".
  • 20 other promotions approved in the Department of Social Protection to "deal with increases in the live register".
  • A retired High Court judge was hired on a part-time basis by the Director of Corporate Enforcement "to adjudicate on legal documents in Anglo Irish Bank investigation".
  • Three contracts issued to staff in Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to "translate documents into Irish for EU".
  • Two staff promoted in the Revenue Commissioners to crew a cutter used in fight against drug smuggling.
  • Recruitment of 16 student architects in Office of Public Works "at reduced salary" for an architect training programme.
  • Night watchman for Department of Defence premises in Galway.
  • The minister is also considering an application to appoint 10 judicial fellows (solicitors or barristers paid €50,000 a year) to carry out legal research or writing on behalf of judges.
  • 207 posts in the Defence Forces.
  • Eight staff in the HSE to implement a new management structure.
  • Four senior management roles in the newly-created National Transport Authority.




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