Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 14 February, 2006

Written Answers. - Local Authority Staff.

  626. Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of professional planners employed here; his views on whether there is a sufficient number; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5375/06]

  Mr. Roche: The 2004 annual returns from planning authorities indicated that 470 full-time planners, 244 other professional staff and 265 part-time technical staff were employed in planning authorities. Annual returns for 2005 will be forwarded to my Department shortly. I am happy that this level of staff, which has substantially increased over the last ten years, is sufficient to sustain the existing high level of productivity within the planning service.

Questions Nos. 627 and 628 answered with Question No. 180.