Thursday, 20 January 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
221. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Defence the reason two cleaners (details supplied) were replaced by contract cleaners in Defence Force headquarters, Infirmary Road, Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3185/11]
Minister for Defence (Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív): All Dublin based civil servants (c. 170) of the Department of Defence, together with some 55 military personnel, moved to Newbridge, Co. Kildare under the decentralisation programme in early November 2010. As the entire Department was moving, civil service staff who opted not to decentralise to Newbridge, were transferred to other Dublin based Departments/Offices. It was clearly understood by all staff of the Department, including the cleaners, that under the decentralisation programme, staff who were not decentralising to Newbridge would be reassigned to other posts in Dublin. The cleaners have been assigned to other Departments/Offices in Dublin in line with decentralisation protocol.
The former premises of the Defence Forces Headquarters in Infirmary Road, Dublin 7, has effectively been vacated other than for a small number of about 50 military personnel who are to transfer to alternative accommodation during 2011. As with all buildings solely occupied by the Military, the maintenance and cleaning of military premises is looked after by the Military who employ their own cleaning staff.
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