Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (487)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Question:

487. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to close a depot (details supplied) in County Offaly; if staff will be redeployed to other locations; and, if so, where will staff be relocated to; the reason for this closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22560/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Issues relating to accommodation and staffing are day-to-day operational matters for public bodies, in this instance Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Accommodation is one of the most significant cost components of public sector organisations and it is incumbent on all agencies to achieve economy and efficiency. In this context the Board of IFI has commenced a strategic rationalisation of its properties and facilities.

IFI's nationwide responsibilities in terms of the inland fisheries resource is delivered across a range of locations. I understand that as part of the strategic rationalisation initiative of the Board, consideration is being given to whether properties are either in a poor state of repair or are not strategically located. I am advised that IFI has identified certain leased properties for surrender as they are not in optimal locations in the context of effective service delivery. In this regard IFI advise that the current leased base in Birr is to be discontinued and the employee based there relocated within the contiguous area; either to the IFI Roscrea facility or to a home office.

I am further informed that this rationalisation is being undertaken in conformity with established public financial and other procedures, and that IFI consistently engages with all staff on these matters through the normal Industrial Relations channels.

I have arranged to have this question and reply copied to IFI with whom the Deputy can raise any further query directly. I will provide contact details to the Deputy.