Dáil Éireann - Volume 480 - 30 September, 1997

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

533. Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the staff numbers in the immigration section of his Department who are dedicated to processing applications from asylum seekers; and the plans, if any, there are to increase staffing levels. [15014/97]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): At present there are 20 staff in my Department's immigration and citizenship division dedicated to processing applications from asylum seekers.

I have received Government approval for the recruitment of additional staff to my Department for this work and the detailed arrangements for this recruitment are being made in consultation with the Department of Finance and staff interests.