Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (64, 65)

Seán Ryan

Question:

43 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the sections or divisions of his Department which are to be decentralised to Kilkenny, New Ross, Waterford, and Wexford respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27343/04]

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Seán Ryan

Question:

47 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the timetable for the proposed decentralisation of his Department to Kilkenny, New Ross, Waterford, and Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27344/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 47 together.

All Dublin based operations of my Department are being decentralised, with the exception of Met Éireann, ENFO, the Private Rented Tenancies Board and a small co-ordination section which it is proposed to retain in Dublin to assist with the Department's Dáil and other Dublin business.

Under the Department's implementation plan it is intended that the Minister, Ministers of State, Secretary General and assistant secretaries, environment division, policy-co-ordination support for each of the other divisions along with personnel, corporate development and finance will be located in Wexford. Heritage and planning division and local government division will be based in Waterford. Water and natural heritage division will be located in New Ross and housing division in Kilkenny. The Department will be co-operating with the Department of Finance, the decentralisation implementation group, DIG, and the Office of Public Works to ensure implementation of the programme within agreed timescales. In this regard it is expected that the DIG will report shortly to the Cabinet sub-committee on decentralisation outlining its views on sequencing and timing of moves.