Thursday, 25 May 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
308. Mr. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of persons who have opted to remain in Dublin who have been reassigned from decentralising offices; and the numbers who remain to be assigned. [20318/06]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): To date, ninety-eight (98) officers employed in my Department in Dublin have requested to be registered with the Public Appointments Service (PAS) as officers wishing to remain in Dublin after decentralisation. To date, ten of these officers have been allocated posts by the PAS in other Departments/Offices remaining in Dublin and they have either already transferred out of my Department or will do so shortly.
309. Mr. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the date on which it is expected that each of the decentralisation moves within her Department or of agencies under her Department will be completed. [20332/06]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): The timing of the decentralisation of posts in my Department from Dublin to Athlone and Mullingar will be based on the delivery of accommodation for these posts. The Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for the procurement of property to accommodate decentralising posts. The latest indicative dates for the delivery of office accommodation furnished to my Department by the OPW are 2008 for Athlone and 2009 for Mullingar. My Department is pursuing with the OPW the position relating to accommodation for those agencies under its aegis that are scheduled to decentralise.
310. Mr. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the posts of specialist skill which are planned for removal under the decentralisation move; and the number of those who have indicated a willingness to move their posts within units of and agencies under her Department. [20346/06]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Thirty (30) posts of specialist skill are scheduled to be relocated outside Dublin as part of the decentralisation of my Department to Athlone and Mullingar. None of those currently assigned to these posts have volunteered to decentralise with their post. I am arranging to obtain the information relating to the agencies under the aegis of my Department and I will provide this directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.
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