Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Gerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
Question 264: To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the names of the persons on the transitional teams he has established to manage the exodus of staff from the public sector at the end of February; the number of teams that have been established; the number of times each of the transition teams has met; and the reporting mechanisms of the teams to the Government. [7748/12]
Brendan Howlin (Minister, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Wexford, Labour)
The Strategic Workforce Planning Groups, which have been in place for a number of months, have been considering the impact of reductions in public service numbers in the longer term as well as the more immediate implications of the ending of the grace period.
However, the Government decided that in order to deal with specific short-term challenges arising from the ending of the grace period, transition teams, drawn from the existing Workforce Planning Groups, will manage the process in each of the five sectors: Health, Education, Local Government, Justice and Defence and the Civil Service. Each Team, which is headed by an Assistant Secretary in the relevant Department, will prepare a report for Government on how the impact of the retirements before end-February will be managed. These reports will be submitted to Government via a Memorandum from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Teams will also be responsible for a pro-active communications strategy to relay to the public the plans that are in place to deal with the impact of retirements to end-February.
Details of membership of the various teams and other details sought will be forwarded directly to the Deputy.