Thursday, 30 June 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
710. Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress made to date on the decentralisation of Departments and associated agencies to Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24282/05]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): The Government’s decentralisation programme involves the relocation of my Department’s functions to four locations — Wexford, Waterford, New Ross and Kilkenny — in the south east. The Local Government Computer Services Board is the only body under the aegis of my Department to be relocated to Drogheda. A total of 61 applications had been received at the central applications facility, CAF, priority cut-off date on 7 September 2004 in respect of the 91 posts to be decentralised.
The board has drawn up and submitted to the decentralisation implementation group an implementation plan, which sets out the broad issues to be addressed in implementing the decentralisation programme. The board will be co-operating with my Department, the Department of Finance and the decentralisation implementation group to ensure implementation of the programme within agreed timescales. In this regard the board is not included on the list of those organisations considered potential early movers.
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