Thursday, 10 November 2005
Dermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Louth, Fianna Fail)
I am circulating with my reply a table indicating the number of staff recruited by the Department of Foreign Affairs over the past five years. It should be noted that a number of staff will also have left the Department during this period on transfer to other Departments or offices. Others will have retired or resigned, or availed of the option to take career breaks or special leave. I am also providing a table indicating the number of consultants engaged by the Department during each of the past five years.