Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 667 No. 2

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  268.  Deputy Richard Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   if he will make a statement on the number of posts that have been decentralised to date, and of those, the number that have been decentralised from Dublin, and their grades; the number that have opted to remain in Dublin, and their grades; the number of those that have moved to another Department or agency in Dublin; and the number that have been decentralised from outside Dublin to other locations and their grades. [40704/08]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  My Department has completed the process of decentralising all sections due to relocate to Athlone and to date, 88 posts have decentralised from my Department to Athlone. The main relocation of posts from Dublin to Mullingar will take place when the new office accommodation in Mullingar is ready for occu[460]pation. However, in June 2008, my Department utilised existing available accommodation, in its Regional Office in Mullingar, to decentralise 7 posts from Dublin to that location. Breakdown of these posts by grade is as follows:

2 Assistant Secretary Generals;

6 Principal Officers;

11 Assistant Principal Officers;

20 Higher Executive Officers;

30 Executive Officers;

3 Staff Officers;

22 Clerical Officers;

1 Service Officer;

167 staff in my Department will be/have been transferred to organisations remaining in Dublin prior to decentralisation to Mullingar. Breakdown by grade is as follows:

10 Principal Officers;

17 Assistant Principal Officers;

41 Higher Executive Officers;

42 Executive Officers;

6.5 Staff Officers;

36 Clerical Officers;

7 Service Officer;

8 Telephonist/Cleaners.

Volunteers for decentralisation to Mullingar will be assigned to the remaining posts as the current post-holders transfer out under the Dublin Arrangements or to decentralise to other locations. In total, 62 former staff in my Department have transferred out to other Dublin based organisations through bilateral moves or through the Dublin arrangements.

To date, 56 staff based in my Department’s offices outside Dublin have transferred to decentralise with other organisations. Breakdown by grade is as follows:

1 Principal Officer;

6 Assistant Principals;

18 Higher Executive Officers/Administrative Officers;

21 Executive Officers;

3 Staff Officers;

7 Clerical Officers.


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