164. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the vacancy in respect of the position of child protection officer in the Reception and Integration Agency will be filled; the length of time the position has been vacant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22596/19]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Direct Provision system encompasses the range of State services including accommodation, food, health, education and child and family services directly provided to international protection applicants through all the relevant Government Departments and Agencies.
While the child and family post remains vacant, RIA staff work in close liaison with Tusla on all relevant child and family related issues as they arise.
Tusla has confirmed that, subject to normal HR processes, that it is anticipated that this post will be replaced by end June 2019.