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Written Answers - Social Work Staff

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 127.  Deputy Martin Ferris Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris  asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald  if she has replaced the 31 social worker staff that retired in February 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23963/12]

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald The latest information from the HSE indicates that 31 social work staff in the children and families care group availed of the early retirement scheme. The HSE is actively reviewing the impact of recent retirements at national and regional level. The National Director of Children and Families Services, Gordon Jeyes, will apply his discretion over the course of the year to the filling of vacancies, having regard to identified need and subject to services being delivered within available resources.

The HSE has informed me that it has approved the recruitment of 48 replacement social work staff across all care groups since February 2012. These posts are at various stages of recruitment.


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