Will the Minister explain the rationale behind spending £2.11 million to provide for the transfer of jobs from Dublin to Cork? I appreciate that Cork will be pleased to get the spending power of the people transferred, and no doubt the office block owner will be pleased to get the rental, but Dublin is a seriously affected area in regard to unemployment with the highest rate of job losses in any part of the country. There are no new jobs being created with this £2.11 million, therefore, I would like to know the Minister's rationale behind such move.
The second question I wish to ask relates to the office space currently occupied by the Central Statistics Office. What is the status of the leaseholdings currently held by the Minister or the Office of Public Works? The office presumably will be vacated. To what extent will the Office of Public Works be penalised for vacating the offices or what leasehold arrangements exist? What costs will be incurred as a result of vacating the premises, or will they be left lying idle with rent being paid on them, as happened on previous occasions with offices held by the Office of Public Works and other Departments?