236. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) was removed from the payroll; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27411/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to inform the Deputy that officials in the Prison Service have advised me that the Officer concerned was absent from rostered duty on the 25th, 26th and 27th of May 2018. I am further advised that this was an unauthorised absence and as such the Officer was not entitled to be paid pursuant to the provisions of the Civil Service Regulations Acts and was removed from payroll for that period. Following the Officer’s return to work, he was restored to the payroll.