Written answers

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Department of Foreign Affairs

Decentralisation Programme

3:00 pm

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael)
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Question 59: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the cost to date of the decentralisation of Irish Aid to Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21801/09]

Photo of Peter PowerPeter Power (Limerick East, Fianna Fail)
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Under the Government's decentralisation programme announced in 2003, 125 posts attached to the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs were to decentralise to Limerick. The Division is the Headquarters of Irish Aid. Following sanction of an additional 20 posts by the Department of Finance in 2005, the total number of posts attached to Irish Aid Headquarters increased to 145. Of these, 138 have now decentralised, moving to the new Irish Aid Headquarters building in Limerick in November 2008.

The principal cost associated with decentralisation is that of accommodation. This is a matter for the Office of Public Works. In addition to such property costs, and excluding staff costs, the Department of Foreign Affairs spent €833,276 in the period from January 2004 to date on the completion of the decentralisation project. The largest elements in these costs related to the purchase of ICT equipment and office machinery, as well as additional telecommunications costs for the interim premises and new permanent Headquarters.

In addition to the costs associated with the implementation of decentralisation, there are ongoing travel and subsistence costs associated with travel on business by officials between Limerick and Dublin.


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