Dáil Éireann - Volume 591 - 03 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

  185. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the policy for recruitment within the public service as a whole and within the Office of Public Works; if he will be recruiting to any categories of employment within the Office of Public Works in order to deal with the large volume of work for the office which is now in prospect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27525/04]

  Mr. Cowen:The Government decided to cap public service numbers at the number authorised in December 2002 and to reduce those numbers by 5,000 over the following three years. The timing and location of 4,300 of this reduction across sectors was decided by Government in July 2003. Civil Service numbers will be reduced by an aggregate of [1269] 1,000 with the Office of Public Works making a proportionate contribution. The ongoing operational needs of the Office of Public Works are kept under constant review and appropriate categories of staff are recruited, as needed, within the parameters of Government policy on budgets and on Civil Service numbers.