Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Ceisteanna (171)

Sean Fleming

Ceist:

173 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality in view of the fact that the Equality Authority has announced its decision to move all of its staff from Roscrea, County Tipperary, the proposals that he has to deal with the office accommodation that is currently covered by a twenty year lease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28600/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice and Equality)

The Working Group I appointed to advise me on practical issues in relation to the merger of the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission to form a new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission considered the question of the location of the new body. As already announced, the Government has approved the Working Group's recommendation that the new Commission should operate from a single office in Dublin and that the Equality Authority's Roscrea office be closed. This will happen in an orderly fashion over a period of time, with appropriate transition arrangements being put in place in the interests of staff. As the lease on the property in question is held by the Office of Public Works, its continued use once the office is closed will be a matter for OPW.