Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 12 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

  95. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Finance his proposals for the provision of new accommodation for the Land Registry and Registry of Deeds Offices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15785/05]

  Mr. Parlon:Land Registry and the Registry of Deeds are based in a number of different locations in Dublin. Staff numbering 230 are due to decentralise to County Roscommon. It is proposed to build new office accommodation for the remaining staff at Church Street, Dublin. A re-evaluation of their requirements, in the context of decentralisation, is currently under way.

  96. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding decentralisation to Dungarvan, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15787/05]

  Mr. Cowen:As I have stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 194 dated 10 May 2005, the Government’s decentralisation programme, announced in budget 2004, will see the transfer of 210 posts to Dungarvan. Initial data from the central applications facility indicate that, while 15 staff of Ordnance Survey Ireland, OSI, have applied to decentralise to Dungarvan, there are a further 47 expressions of interest in decentralising to Dungarvan OSI by civil servants.

All organisations that are decentralising, including OSI, have prepared and submitted an implementation plan as requested by the decentralisation implementation group, DIG. This plan included detailed material on all issues to be addressed in terms of people, property and business planning and will be further developed as additional information emerges. In its next report, the DIG will deal with locations and organisations not covered in its November report, which did not include Dungarvan. Regarding property acquisition, I understand from the OPW that it has chosen a site for the decentralisation project in Dungarvan and details of the deal are being finalised with the land owner.