Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Questions (114)

Paul Connaughton


170 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the projected costs of training replacement personnel for Irish Aid; the impact that this cost will have on the 2007 Irish Aid budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10392/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

Under the Government's decentralisation programme, the Development Cooperation Directorate of the Department of Foreign Affairs will decentralise to Limerick. This is scheduled to take place during the second half of 2007 and will involve the relocation to Limerick of 124 posts. The costs associated with training of replacement staff in Irish Aid will be met from the Department's Administration Budget. This Department is committed, as are all Government Departments, to devote up to 4% of payroll to training and development of staff. The funding for training staff will come from this source.