Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Land Development Agency

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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145. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if all paid positions of employment at the Land Development Agency are hired through a public process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17820/21]

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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The Land Development Agency (LDA) was established on an interim basis in September 2018, by way of an Establishment Order made under the Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Act 1971, pending the enactment of primary legislation when it will be established as a commercial State agency.

The day to day management of the LDA is matter for the LDA Chief Executive and his management team reporting to the LDA Interim Board. Under its Establishment Order, the LDA may appoint such and so many persons to be employees as it may determine.

As with all State bodies operating under the aegis of my Department, arrangements have been put in place by the LDA through which Oireachtas members can request information directly from the Agency in relation to operational matters - in this regard, the LDA may be contacted directly at oireachtas@lda.ie.

In order to assist the Deputy, enquiries were made with the LDA who confirmed it is standard practice that roles within the LDA are filled following a competitive and public hiring process. However, one fixed-term temporary post was previously recruited without public advertisement as an interim measure. Posts are generally advertised across multiple platforms, including the LDA's own website, the Public Appointment Service website and other websites relevant to the post.


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