— Another 5 councils yet to fill 70% of positions
— Mayo County Council only fills 1 of 4 jobs.
— 19 of 32 local authorities had 70-100% of jobs filled.
109 of the 320 walking and cycling project team jobs have yet to be filled by councils around Ireland before the end of June, according to figures provided by the National Transport Authority.
The figures are for the recruitment of Active Travel Teams which will focus on the roll-out of walking and cycling infrastructure. The funding for the jobs was announced by transport Minister Eamon Ryan at the start of 2021.
The new data was provided to IrishCycle.com by the NTA. However, the NTA did not reply to requests for comment on the progress or when it expects councils who have not met their allocation to do so.
As well as the expected issues trying to recruit so many staff in specialised roles at once, IrishCycle.com is aware that the cost of living in or commuting into city areas has been a complaint from city councils as the staff funding rules do not make allowance for this. None of the councils which have reached a high level of recruitment cover cities.
Recruitment is ongoing. We are able to compare the data up to the end of June with that from the start of April as that was provided in a parliamentary answer to a question asked by Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly — there were 21 extra staff employed nationally in those three months.
If this rate of filling the positions was to continue, it would take around five or six months for the jobs to be filled across the country.
The seven councils which have yet to reach over 50% of their allocated positions are Mayo County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Galway County Council, Sligo County Council, Westmeath County Council, Wexford County Council
Five more had between 55% and 70% of their allocation filled — Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Galway City Council, Cork City Council, and Waterford City and County Council.
Local Authority Active Travel Teams – Resourcing Update – End of Q2 2022
|Local authority||Abbreviation||Staff allocations||Staff employed||Percentage filled*|
|Mayo County Council||MO||4||1||25%|
|Dublin City Council||DCC||55||26||47%|
|Fingal County Council||FCC||18||9||50%|
|Galway County Council||GCO||4||2||50%|
|Sligo County Council||SO||4||2||50%|
|Westmeath County Council||WHCC||4||2||50%|
|Wexford County Council||WXCC||4||2||50%|
|Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council||DLRCC||18||10||55%|
|South Dublin County Council||SDCC||18||10||55%|
|Galway City Council||GCC||23||13||57%|
|Cork City Council||CCC||23||14||61%|
|Waterford City & County Council||WDCC||12||8||67%|
|Cork County Council||CCO||18||13||72%|
|Limerick City & County Council||LCCC||23||17||74%|
|Cavan County Council||CNCC||4||3||75%|
|Donegal County Council||DLCC||4||3||75%|
|Kerry County Council||KY||4||3||75%|
|Kilkenny County Council||KKCC||4||3||75%|
|Laois County Council||LSCC||4||3||75%|
|Leitrim County Council||LM||4||3||75%|
|Kildare County Council||KCC||12||10||83%|
|Wicklow County Council||WCC||12||10||83%|
|Carlow County Council||CWCC||4||4||100%|
|Clare County Council||CL||4||4||100%|
|Longford County Council||LDCC||4||4||100%|
|Louth County Council||LHCC||4||4||100%|
|Meath County Council||MCC||12||12||100%|
|Monaghan County Council||MN||4||4||100%|
|Offaly County Council||OYCC||4||4||100%|
|Roscommon County Council||RN||4||4||100%|
|Tipperary County Council||TCC||4||4||100%|