Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (150)

Paddy McHugh

Ceist:

241 Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Finance, further to Question No. 198 of 16 December 2003, the reason for the discrepancy between the figure of 300 OSI jobs being decentralised to Dungarvan as stated in his budget speech, and the figure of 200 jobs given in the above Dáil reply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3341/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

As I announced in my Budget Statement, Ordnance Survey Ireland, OSI, will be transferred to Dungarvan. Budget 2004 indicated that this would involve the transfer of 300 jobs but the figure of 300 was included in error. In fact, OSI has approximately 210 staff based in Dublin with a further 95 jobs approximately located in six regional centres. As I have already indicated, the relocation of the OSI to Dungarvan will not affect its existing regional offices. It is inevitable that some adjustments to the detailed provisions of the decentralisation programme will arise as part of the implementation process and the implementation committee will be addressing these in preparing its implementation plan.