Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (153, 154)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

269 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a survey of staff to determine interest in participating in the decentralisation programme has been undertaken in his Department; when it will be completed; and if the results will be published or otherwise made available to Deputies. [2327/04]

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Enda Kenny

Question:

288 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a survey of staff in his Department has been conducted to ascertain the number willing to take part in the Government decentralisation plans; if he will detail the results of any such survey and the number of staff who wish to decentralise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2235/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 269 and 288 together.

The Deputy will be aware that it is proposed to decentralise the headquarters of my Department to Portlaoise and the local office located at present in Cork city to Macroom.

A preliminary survey conducted in my Department indicates that currently some 42 staff in Dublin would be interested in moving to Portlaoise. Another 57 staff located outside of Dublin indicated that they would move to Portlaoise. I should add that my Department already has 246 staff located in Portlaoise.

A survey of staff in respect of the Macroom office indicates that 42 staff would move from their present locations in Cork to Macroom. A further 22 staff located in other parts of the country would also decentralise to Macroom.