Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Public Accounts Committee

2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 1 - President's Establishment
Vote 2 - Department of the Taoiseach

9:00 am

Mr. Martin Fraser:

Our staff numbers may fluctuate significantly year on year. As the Deputy is aware, ours is probably the smallest or second smallest Department. The SCU was the main reason for the increase. Some staff were assigned to data protection, justice reform, the north east inner city initiative and internal records management and data protection encompassing the GDPR and so on. Five staff were assigned to various support services such as HR, finance and private offices. That accounts for the 14 extra staff. The nature of the Department is that the amount of work for which we are responsible varies.