Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food

Croke Park Agreement

8:00 pm

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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Question 430: To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Fisheries and Food if he will provide each and every non pay savings to be achieved by him in 2011 as referred to at page 11 of the first Progress Report of the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17425/11]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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My Department submitted its ‘Action Plan’ under the Public Service (Croke Park) Agreement earlier this year. In early May, the Department submitted its first progress report on the implementation of that Action Plan. The report outlines the significant progress made by the Department, which has been engaged in a fundamental process of re-organisation, major reductions in staffing levels and improvement of its business processes, including major changes to the local office network. The report shows a reduction of 173 staff and total administrative savings of nearly €14million (including non-pay savings of over €4.7 million) since the end of March 2010, the reporting period for the Agreement.

Both the Action Plan and the Progress Report are published in full on my Department’s website (please see 2011 Publications) and give comprehensive details of both the pay and non-pay savings to be achieved over the period of the Agreement to 2014.

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