Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 602 No. 1

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  182.  Mr. Walsh  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   the progress he is making to implement the Government policy that interim arrangements be provided to facilitate public servants who have already volunteered to transfer to regional locations under the decentralisation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15030/05]

Minister for Finance (Mr. Cowen): Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  The two reports of the decentralisation implementation group, of 31 March and 30 July 2004, provide detailed accounts of the progress made in implementing the decentralisation programme announced in December 2003. An analysis of the applications registered with the central applications facility by 7 September 2004 has also been published. The implementation group’s report of 24 November 2004 contains details of organisations and locations which, in the opinion of the group, should be included in the first phase of moves. I understand that the implementation group will report to me again soon about its progress in implementing the programme. The group’s report of November 2004 included indicative accommodation completion dates. All the organisations listed for early relocation can use the time leading up to the accommodation availability dates to secure the transfer and training of their staffing compliment. The question of recommending interim or advance moves will be considered by the implementation group based on submissions to it from the organisations concerned.

Question No. 183 answered with Question
No. 176.

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