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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Photo of Lisa ChambersLisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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51. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of custom officials hired, trained and in place as of 31 October 2019 to prepare for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45874/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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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.

Following a Government decision in December 2018, Revenue’s recruitment programme was accelerated in preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit. I am advised by Revenue that by 31 October 2019 recruitment had been advanced to a level whereby 586 staff had been appointed to Brexit-related roles.

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