Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 666 No. 3

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  194.  Deputy Lucinda Creighton  Information on Lucinda Creighton  Zoom on Lucinda Creighton   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the severance packages for each retiring staff member in her Department over the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39538/08]

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  In 2006, 24 members of staff retired from my Department with a pension and lump sum. Pensions in respect of the 24 staff totalled €542,595 per annum, and lump sum payments totalled €1,674,371.

In 2007, 27 staff members retired with an annual pension and lump sum. Pensions in respect of the 27 staff totalled €783,897 per annum, with lump sum payments of €2,355,742 being paid. So far in 2008 19 staff have already retired and a further three have declared their intention to retire before the end of the year. The total pensions for the 22 staff will amount to €621,205 per annum and lump sum payments will amount to €1,921,397.

I consider it inappropriate to give details of the individual amounts involved as it may be possible to identify individual officers. A breakdown of the grades is listed.

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Retirements 2006-2008

Grade 2006 2007 2008
Secretary General and Equivalent 1 0
Assistant Secretary and Equivalent 2 1 2
Principal Officer and Equivalent 3 4 4
AP and Equivalent 2 3 5
HEO and Equivalent 8 7 4
Executive Officer 2 2 3
Clerical Officer 4 5 3
Services Officer 1 1 0
Cleaner 1 2 1
Telephonist 0 1 0
Professional Grade 1
TOTALS 24 27 22


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