Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
308. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide a list of staff in her Department that serve as directors of companies arising from their employment; the names of the companies involved; the annual remuneration received, if any; if they are indemnified by her Department in respect of their role as directors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16423/12]
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. The information will be collated and forwarded to the Deputy when it becomes available.
I understand from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that the Office of the Attorney General has advised that people working for the State are entitled to be indemnified for such work. The indemnification would cover any reasonable legal fees and/or damages incurred where people are sued for undertaking their duties on behalf of the State provided they acted in good faith and in a bona fide manner. The State carries its own insurance in this regard. This indemnity would apply to those civil servants appointed to State boards as part of their official duties.
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