Written answers

Tuesday, 8 February 2005

Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Decentralisation Programme

8:00 pm

Photo of Billy TimminsBilly Timmins (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Question 325: To ask the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the number of personnel who on applying for promotion in his Department since January 2004, have been required to sign an agreement that they are willing to decentralise; how many of them refused to sign the agreement; if this impacted on their promotion or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4070/05]

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Kerry South, Fianna Fail)
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There have been no competitions for promotion in my Department since January 2004. Two appointments have been made from interdepartmental panels, one at assistant principal and one at executive officer level and in each case the persons appointed have been requested, and have agreed, to sign an undertaking that they are prepared to decentralise to Killarney.

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 326: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will consider the renting of temporary accommodation in Carlow to accommodate staff wishing to transfer from Dublin to Carlow under the decentralisation programme pending the provision of permanent accommodation in the town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3383/05]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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My Department has been making good progress in implementing its decentralisation programme and has been selected for inclusion among the organisations listed as the potential "early movers" of the decentralisation programme. Under the decentralisation programme, approximately 300 core staff from my Department will be relocated to Carlow.

As required by the third report of the decentralisation group, my Department is updating its decentralisation implementation plan, which sets out how the staffing, training, customer service, business continuity and risk assessment issues associated with this major undertaking will be addressed over the coming months. In addition, a number of the decentralising business units are in the process of upgrading systems and work processes to ensure a smooth transition during the relocation process.

My Department is working closely with the Office of Public Works on the procurement of a site in Carlow. In this regard, we understand that OPW is at an advanced stage in the site acquisition process. At this stage in the process, the Department does not envisage renting temporary accommodation in Carlow.

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