Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Finance
Revenue Commissioners Staff
133. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of extra Revenue Commissioners staff due to be posted to Dublin Airport and Dublin Port following the recent recruitment campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9317/19]
In September 2018, the Government granted approval in principle for the phased recruitment of an additional 600 Revenue staff to meet the challenges posed by Brexit. Budget 2019 provided Revenue with the funding needed for 270 of the additional 600 staff to be recruited during 2019 to manage an orderly UK withdrawal.
Following Government decision to give greater priority to the preparations for a no-deal Brexit in December 2018, it was agreed to accelerate Revenue’s recruitment plans.
Revenue has appointed over 250 additional staff to customs roles in the period September 2018 to date, including Dublin Airport and Dublin Port. An additional 150 staff are to be appointed to customs roles by Revenue between now and 29 March 2019. Revenue are on track to have appointed approximately 400 additional staff to customs and related roles for Brexit during the period September 2018 to 29 March 2019.
Revenue had approximately 80 staff assigned to Dublin Port and 120 to Dublin Airport in September 2018. An additional 100 staff are due to be posted to Dublin Port and an additional 50 staff to Dublin Airport. These have all been recruited and are either trained or currently in training. This will bring the total staff assigned to Dublin Port to over 180 and to Dublin Airport to 170.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, a further 200 staff will be recruited between April and December 2019. Resources will be deployed based on the evolving business needs and to tackle any risks as they emerge.