Dáil Éireann - Volume 489 - 31 March, 1998

Written Answers. - Ministerial Staff.

71. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if he will give details of all severance payments, statutory redundancy payments, payments for untaken leave and minimum notice payments made to all ministerial personal staff, programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers arising from the change of Government in 1997. [7924/98]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Dr. Woods): I can advise the Deputy that the following were the relevant payments made at the change in Government in 1997:

Post

Severance Payment

Statutory Redundancy Payment

Payment in lieu of annual leave

Payment in lieu of notice

Programme Manager

9,412.86

600.00

2,933.56

1,954.31

Special Adviser to Minister of State

7,096.41

600.00

2,178.19

1,523.65

Civilian Driver

2.286.61

788.79

1,709.05

262.93

Civilian Driver

*

788.79

1,971.98

525.86

Personal Assistant to Minister of State

*

*

1,631.23

*

Personal Secretary to Minister of State

*

*

**

*

* Not eligible for such payments.

** The officer concerned was returned to employment in the Semi-State sector and carried forward the untaken leave to that organisation.

72. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the number of days of untaken leave for all ministerial personal staff, programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers arising from the change of Government in 1997; the contractual obligations on these staff for the keeping of leave sheets; if leave sheets were kept in accordance with their contracts; if the staff complied with the usual Civil Service conditions regarding the granting of annual leave and the making of returns of annual leave taken; and, if not, the way in which untaken leave was verified in each case. [7938/98]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Dr. Woods): The following are details of untaken leave by Ministerial staff at the change in Government in 1997:

Post

Untaken Leave (Days)

Programme Manager

21

Special Adviser to Minister of State

20

Civilian Driver

32.5

Civilian Driver

37.5

Personal Assistant to Minister of State

23.5

Personal Secretary to Minister of State

5

[555] The taking of annual leave was a matter for the individual and the Minister or Minister of State concerned.

73. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if he will give details of all severance payments, statutory redundancy payments, payments for untaken leave and minimum notice payments made to any ministerial programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers who resigned before the change of Government in 1997; if these payments were provided for in their contracts or were legally claimable; and, if not, the reasons the payments were made. [7952/98]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Dr. Woods): In response to the Deputy's question I can confirm that no such payments were made.

74. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the ministerial programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers, if any, who received severance, statutory redundancy, untaken leave or minimum notice payments in 1994 arising from the change of Government; and if they also received similar payments in 1997 arising either from their resignation or from the change of Government. [7966/98]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Dr. Woods): In response to the Deputy's question I can confirm that no such payments were made.