Written answers

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Department of An Taoiseach

Office of the Attorney General

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
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66. To ask the Taoiseach the new appointments in the Office of the Attorney General since the formation of the Thirty-third Dáil; the purpose of the appointments; and the remuneration of each. [20067/20]

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
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67. To ask the Taoiseach if former employees in the Office of the Attorney General have been rehired on contract or other forms of employment since the Thirty-third Dáil was formed; the purpose for the hires; and the process by which the contracts were tendered for. [20068/20]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 67 together.

Since the formation of the 33rd Dáil, the Office of the Attorney General has made two appointments to the grade of Advisory Counsel Grade III (provision of legal advice and advising on the conduct of litigation); one appointment to the grade of Assistant Parliamentary Counsel Grade II (drafting of legislation); one appointment to the grade of Assistant Principal (HR function) and two appointments to the grade of Temporary Clerical Officer (administrative support).

They were appointed to the Civil Service pay scales appropriate to their grades and none are re-hires.

There is one Special Adviser, three personal assistants and one driver assigned to the Attorney General at present. The Office is in the process of agreeing contracts for these roles with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

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