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Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 126. Mr. Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  if his Department operates term time; the number of persons who applied for this in 2000, 2001 and 2002; the number of persons who were accepted and availed themselves of the scheme; if persons were refused; if so, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3891/02]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh My Department operates the term time scheme. The following is a breakdown of the numbers who applied for this scheme in my Department in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002:

Year Number ofapplications Granted and availed of scheme Numbers refused Reason for refusal
2000 86 82 4 Pressure of workload. No suitable replacements available.
2001 91 80 11 Pressure of workload due to Foot and Mouth disease.
2002 149 143 6 Five due to pressure of workload. No suitable replacements available. One applicant's request not covered by term time conditions.


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