Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (192)

Brendan Smith

Question:

308 Mr. B. Smith asked the Minister for Finance if consideration will be given to Monaghan town as a centre for decentralisation in the event of other Government offices or agencies being decentralised; and if he will make a decision on the matter. [1293/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

In advance of the announcement of details of the decentralisation programme in budget 2004, I received submissions on behalf of over 130 centres throughout the State. Some 53 locations, including Monaghan, have been designated for the relocation of approximately 9,000 posts.

Locations for a further 1,300 or so jobs will be identified at a later stage. As I said in my budget speech, I believe that the total number of posts to be relocated should be closer to 12,000 and I will examine further options in this regard once the programme is well under way.

The case for Monaghan receiving a second decentralised office can be given due consideration in the decision making process leading to the identification of locations for the remaining posts.