Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (180)

Joe Carey


180. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is considering further decentralisation of Departments in view of the housing crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7778/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Decentralisation Programme announced in December 2003 involved the potential relocation of over 10,000 civil and public service jobs to 53 locations in 25 counties.

It was a Government decision in 2011 that the Decentralisation Programme be cancelled in light of the budgetary and staffing outlook at that time. Up to that date, about a third of the target numbers, over 3,400 posts were decentralised. The proportion of civil servants working outside Dublin is now in the region of just over 50%.

There are currently no further plans at the present time to introduce a further programme of decentralisation.