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419. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff from the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner who have left to take up positions elsewhere in the civil and public service; who have commenced work there, having been appointed from within the Civil Service; who have been appointed there from outside the Civil Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34198/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to advise the Deputy that following the appointment of an additional 15 staff to the Office in the course of 2015 there are now 42 staff members assigned to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. To date in 2015 one staff member left the Office to take up a position elsewhere in the Civil Service. All staff assigned to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner are civil servants, and are recruited, therefore, either directly through the Public Appointments Service, or through transfer from within the Civil Service. I am also delighted to inform the Deputy that an additional 5 members of staff will be recruited into the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in the coming months and the staffing levels are kept under continuing review.