Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Department of Finance
Question 156: To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if he will continue to be employed; the way he was informed that he was on a fixed-term contract in view of the fact that he has been in continuous employment since 2003; if he will confirm that this person is not being penalised for being out sick with a broken arm; the way this employee was previously given a statement for mortgage purposes stating that he was in permanent pensionable employment; if he will arrange with the Department of Social and Family Affairs that the person concerned will not be discriminated against for mortgage allowance in view of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2343/10]
Martin Mansergh (Minister of State with special responsibility for the Arts, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Department of Finance; Tipperary South, Fianna Fail)
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The person in question completed an apprenticeship with the Office of Public Works in January 2009. He was subsequently engaged on a fixed term contract which expired on the 7 January 2010. In view of the Government moratorium on recruitment, which came into effect in March 2009, the contract of employment could not be considered for renewal or extension, and the person was advised accordingly. I am making further enquiries into the statement referred to concerning pensionable employment and will communicate directly with the Deputy later, when these enquiries have been completed. The question of mortgage allowance is a matter for the Minister for Social and Family Affairs.