Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (276)

Noel Harrington

Question:

276. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the savings achieved in his Department following the recent change in the DVO in Darrara Clonakilty, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49170/12]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

There is an ongoing programme of reviews of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of service delivery across a range of functions performed by my Department. Following on from the demand for new services and the availability of existing resources in the region, I have decided to consolidate the administrative services that the Department currently provides from the Regional Office in Clonakilty. These services will in future be delivered from the Regional Office in Cork city.

The remaining services provided by veterinary and technical staff will continue to be provided from the Clonakilty Office which is being relocated to the Department’s Seafood Centre at Clogheen. Staff members who have provided the back-up clerical and administrative functions in the Darrara Office will be transferred to the Marine Division of the Department at Clogheen and will be assigned to new Marine related duties so that there will be no net reduction in the total number of staff working for the Department in Clonakilty. As regards non pay savings, these will be realised during 2013 once my Department’s Clonakilty based activities have been consolidated at Clogheen.