Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Tuesday, 14 June 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 603 No. 6

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  434.  Mr. Crowe  Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan   the percentage of staff in his Department who have expressed an interest in moving to Donegal town under the decentralisation programme; and if he considers this percentage high enough to necessitate a move in the short to medium term. [19282/05]

  435.  Mr. Crowe  Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan   the percentage of staff in his [1746]Department who have expressed an interest in moving to Buncrana under the decentralisation programme; and if he considers this percentage high enough to necessitate a move in the short to medium term. [19283/05]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 434 and 435 together.

Under the Government decentralisation programme announced as part of budget 2004, the Department is to relocate 230 posts to Donegal and 120 posts to Buncrana. According to figures received by the Department from the central applications facility, CAF, the number of applicants for Donegal and Buncrana is 104 and 35, respectively. The figures for the numbers of employees who have applied and are currently serving in the Department are 40 for Donegal and 17 for Buncrana. These figures represent applications made through CAF before the priority application date of 7 September 2004.

There are a total of six locations to which my Department will be relocating posts under the programme. The sequence and timing of these moves will depend on a number of factors and the decentralisation implementation group, DIG, established by the government will have a central role in determining this. The DIG has submitted a report on this matter to the Minister for Finance in November 2004 and a further report is currently being prepared. The timing of the moves involved in the overall programme will be determined in the light of that report.

My Department is currently reviewing its implementation plan for the initial phase of decentralisation and will examine subsequent phases in the light of this and of the next DIG report. I am committed to delivering on the decentralisation programme for my Department, including the moves to Donegal and Buncrana.


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