Tuesday, 23 May 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
75. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Finance the negotiations which have taken place regarding the placement of persons who do not opt to decentralise with their units or agencies; and the proposals which the Government have made to unions. [19392/06]
Minister for Finance (Mr. Cowen): The primary mechanism for placing general service civil servants who are in posts which are due to decentralise but wish to remain in Dublin is by way of bilateral transfer. As staff who have applied to decentralise continue to be transferred into decentralising organisations, the posts they vacate become available to those wishing to remain in Dublin. It is expected that a significant number of staff will be placed through these bilateral arrangements as the programme is rolled out. To end April 2006 in excess of 1,500 staff have been assigned to decentralising posts, of which over 800 are Dublin based applicants.
In addition, officials of my Department have been in discussions with the civil service unions on further arrangements to facilitate the placement of Dublin based staff. Under these arrangements, which have been recently initiated for general service grades, details of staff who wish to remain in Dublin at each grade level are provided to the Public Appointments Service so that a proportion of vacancies arising in Dublin based posts may be filled by those staff. It is intended that these arrangements will continue over the full transition phase of the decentralisation programme.
Participation in these arrangements by Departments and Offices will be influenced by their timeframe for moving, their success in placing staff through the bilateral arrangements, whether they are relocating in full or in part and the extent to which their staff can be placed elsewhere within the organisation in Dublin.
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