Written answers

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Animal Welfare

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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656. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the name of each local authority nationally that directly employs an animal welfare officer in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24881/19]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority. However, granular data, in terms of the specific role and function of each individual staff member, is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department.

This information should be available directly from local authorities themselves.


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