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Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 169. Mr. Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins  asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands Information on Síle de Valera Zoom on Síle de Valera  if her 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 she will make a statement on the matter. [3896/02]

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): Information on Síle de Valera Zoom on Síle de Valera In 2000 my Department first participated in the then “pilot” term time scheme and we have continued since then to make this scheme available to our staff. The numbers requested are shown in the following table. There were three applications refused in 2000 as it was not possible to obtain temporary staff for the grades in question and the operating requirements of the Department would have been adversely affected if these staff had been granted term time leave, without suitable temporary replacements.

Breakdown of Term Time Applications

Year Approved Refused
2000 7 3
2001 10 0
2002 8 0

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