Written answers

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Decentralisation Programme

9:00 pm

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 275: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the position regarding decentralisation to Carrickmacross, County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13222/08]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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Under the current programme of decentralisation, 85 posts in the Department are to be relocated to Carrickmacross.

According to figures received from the Central Application Facility (CAF), through which all applications for decentralisation locations must be submitted, 64 applicants applied for Carrickmacross before the priority application date of 7 September 2004. Since this date, there have been 27 new applications.

The Office of Public Works is charged with securing accommodation in Carrickmacross for this Department and have advised that they are in discussions with Monaghan County Council regarding a proposed site for the Department's decentralised office.

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