Written Answers - National Parks

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 743 No. 2

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  125.  Deputy Tom Fleming  Information on Tom Fleming  Zoom on Tom Fleming   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   the current complement of workers at Killarney National Park, County Kerry; the vacancies that have arisen due to retirements in 2010 and 2011; his plans for replacement workers; and his intentions regarding the filling of these vacancies in the short term. [29080/11]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  The total number of permanent staff assigned to Killarney National Park currently stands at 50. In addition, temporary staff are hired each year according to seasonal demand. At peak season this year 14 temporary staff were hired; currently 5 are employed. There were no retirements in 2010 and 2 staff retired in 2011. As the Deputy will be aware, the moratorium on filling staff vacancies across the public services remains in place. I am satisfied however that within this context, adequate staffing resources are in place in order to maintain the property referred to by the Deputy as a high quality visitor attraction.


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