Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (591)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

591. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of vacant desk spaces available in accommodation allocated to her Department in Civil Service accommodation outside Dublin city; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46290/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As the Deputy will be aware staff of my Department are located in offices throughout the country including  Na Forbacha, Killarney, Wexford and Ballina as well as the various regional locations operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Services such as the six National Parks as well as Nature Reserves and other shared offices.  In excess of 400 staff are based in these locations. 

My Department regularly liaises with OPW to ensure that all available office space is used at an optimum level and, also operates sharing agreements established with other decentralised government departments in shared locations to this end.  

I am advised that, at this time, there are 22 desks currently available in office accommodation allocated  across the Department's main administrative buildings located outside Dublin.