Monday 11 December 2017

Seven staff at Tusla currently suspended

Minister Katherine Zappone Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Minister Katherine Zappone Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gordon Deegan

Seven staff members of the child and family agency Tusla have been suspended, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has revealed.

In a written Dáil reply to TD Richard Boyd Barrett, Ms Zappone said Tusla has confirmed to her that seven employees are currently on administrative leave on full pay pending an internal investigation.

She gave no indication about whether those staff members were involved in the "administrative error" that led to the smearing of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

She also confirmed Oberstown Children Detention Campus has informed her one employee is currently on suspension from work without prejudice and on full pay pending an investigation.

"For reasons of confidentiality, Tusla cannot provide specific details of staff currently on administrative leave," the agency said

"However, in line with our HR policies and procedures, staff can be placed on administrative leave for various reasons and periods of time, which are dependent on individual situations."

Separately, Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that in her department and the organisations under its aegis, there are 26 staff suspended from duty with full pay.

In his reply to Mr Boyd Barrett, Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed there are currently two staff members of the Revenue Commissioners under suspension on full pay and without prejudice.

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed that there is one employee at his Office of Government Procurement under suspension, while Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan confirmed that there is one staff member at his department currently suspended.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed confirmed that at his department there is one employee suspended from work without prejudice, on full pay.

Minister for State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe said there is one employee of his department suspended.

Irish Independent

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