Written Answers. - Employment of Persons with Disabilities.

Tuesday, 13 October 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 495 No. 1

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  236.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Charlie McCreevy  Zoom on Charlie McCreevy   if he will give details of the extent to which the Civil Service is meeting the employment target of 3 per cent in relation to persons with disabilities; and whether the number and percentage in respect of the Civil Service (details supplied) have improved in the past five years. [19657/98]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): Information on Charlie McCreevy  Zoom on Charlie McCreevy  As of 1 April 1998, there were 777 people with disabilities, representing 2.8 per cent of staff employed in the Civil Service, the only area of the public service for which I have direct responsibility. A tabular statement listing the percentage of people employed in the Civil Service each year since 1993 follows. As I have already indicated in a reply to an earlier question on the matter, the fact that the figure has dropped below the target of 3 per cent is a cause of concern and the matter is being kept under review. The Heads of each Government Department and Office are fully aware of the importance of reaching and maintaining the 3 per cent quota. My officials are currently in the process of gathering the figures for 1 October 1998.

Reference date Percentage of staff with a disability in the Civil Service
1 October 1993 3
1 October 1994 3
1 October 1995 3
1 October 1996 2.9
1 April 1997 2.9
1 April 1998 2.8


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