The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is planning to hire 45 people which will more than double its current staff. 18 people will be recruited ‘immediately’ to staff its planned new office in Dublin.
The details were confirmed by the recently appointed commissioner, Helen Dixon, in a speech to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin.
Ms Dixon succeeded Billy Hawke as Data Protection Commissioner in September.
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is headquartered in Portarlington, Co. Laois, and does not have an office in Dublin. The Irish Times reports that Ms Dixon said criticism of the lack of a Dublin presence was “probably merited”.
Staff for the new Dublin office will be initially be located at a temporary premises in the city.