Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

Wednesday, 17 December 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 577 No. 4

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  317.  Mr. McGinley  Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the number of applications currently in her Department from persons who have applied for transfers to County Donegal. [31696/03]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  My Department has offices in five locations in County Donegal. They are Letterkenny, Buncrana, Donegal town, Dungloe and Dunfanaghy. There are formal transfer arrangements in place in respect of clerical officers who wish to relocate to these locations.

There is also centrally agreed transfer arrangements at staff officer level whereby one in five vacancies that arise in larger provincial locations, such as those that have a significant number of staff officer posts, may be filled by transfer. My Department's Letterkenny office is among those locations for which formal transfer lists are maintained at staff officer level.

There are no formal transfer arrangements in place for general service grades. The current number of clerical officers on my Department's central transfer list for locations in County Donegal and staff officers on the transfer list for Letterkenny are as follows:

Location Number of Clerical Officers on Transfer List
Letterkenny 128
Buncrana 67
Donegal Town 91
Dungloe 74
Dunfanaghy 63

Location Number of Staff Officers on Transfer List
Letterkenny 4


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