Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (124)

Denis Naughten


124. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Finance the number of vacant desk spaces available in accommodation allocated to his Department in Civil Service accommodation outside Dublin city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46294/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In response to the Deputy’s question; OPW provides accommodation for Government Services and manages a significant proportion of the State’s property portfolio. Outside of Dublin City, the Department of Finance has a staff cohort located in Government Buildings, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

There are currently 48 vacant spaces in the Department of Finance’s accommodation allocation in the Tullamore Office. The vacancy rate primarily relates to (a) Departmental staff migration to the National Shared Services Office (NSSO) which became a separate civil service office on foot of legislation enacted on 1 January 2018, and (b) normal staff mobility flows by way of transfers, promotions and retirements.

All office facility allocations provided for staff working in the Department of Finance are actively managed by the Office of Public Works, which is a Body under the aegis of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It is planned that 45 of these 48 (currently vacant) desk spaces will be in use, in a matter of weeks, by the Department of Education.