Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Public Appointments Service
172. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons recruited in 2019 from the dedicated Civil Service panels for those with a competence in both the English and Irish languages; the Departments they were assigned to; if these recruits were assigned to positions that had an Irish language requirement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3865/20]
173. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of positions notified by Departments to the Public Appointments Service that require staff to be competent in both official languages by grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3866/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 173 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Appointments Service (PAS) is the independent recruiter of people into the civil service.
I understand from PAS that they recruited and assigned 25 people from dedicated Civil Service panels for those with a competence in both the English and Irish languages in 2019 to various departments/offices.
The receiving Departments and Officers are outlined in the table below.
The specific nature of the roles to which these individuals were appointed is a matter, not for PAS, but the Head of Human Resources in each receiving Department and office and location.
An EO Irish competition is currently underway and approximately 130 candidates are due to attend for interview and Irish test from Monday 10March 2020. A panel will then be formed of qualified candidates from which assignments to Irish posts can be made.
PAS will fill any EO vacancies once the EO competition mentioned above is finished.
PAS also intend to run a bilingual CO competition shortly as the current CO panel is exhausted.
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