Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 1

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  378.  Deputy Joan Burton  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   the number of civil servants and other public servants, who have relocated to locations outside of Dublin under the Government’s decentralisation programme; the estimated number of each category who will have relocated by the end of 2009; the breakdown of each set of figures in terms of those who are relocating from Dublin and relocating from elsewhere; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46995/08]

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  381.  Deputy Joan Burton  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   the number of locations where civil and public servants working in or under the aegis of his Department are located; the locations of same; the number, and the number in each category (details supplied) of staff at each location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47040/08]

Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism (Deputy Martin Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 and 381 together.

The Department of Arts Sport and Tourism was designated for relocation to Killarney, Co. Kerry, under the Government’s Decentralisation Programme, which was announced in the 2004 Budget. The Department, with a staff of 130, excluding the National Archives, was designated an “early mover” by the Decentralisation Implementation Group (DIG). To date, 76 staff (including two service officers who were recruited directly) have relocated to new purpose built offices in Killarney. The Department is now in two locations — Kildare Street in Dublin and New Road in Killarney.

The breakdown of information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below.

GRADE Located at Kildare St. Dublin Located at New Road, Killarney Decentralised from Dublin Decentralised from Provincial Locations
Secretary General 1 0 0 0
Assistant Secretary 3 0 0 0
Principal Officer 5 5 3 2
Assistant Principal 6 17 13 4
Accountant 0 1 0 1
Higher Executive Officer 8 16 11 5
Executive Officer 10 20 6 14
Staff Officer 2 0 0 0
Clerical Officer 6 15 1 14
Service Officer 1 2 N/A N/A
Total 42 76 34 40

It is not possible at this time to estimate the exact number of staff who will be located in Killarney by the end of 2009. The Department is currently arranging for the next group of officials to transfer to Killarney while simultaneously assessing how best to provide an efficient and effective service to its stakeholders including meeting the needs of the Minister, the Minister of State and the Houses of the Oireachtas in the context of implementing Government decisions on decentralisation.


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