Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 12 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

  161. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the decentralisation of the Land Registry Office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15788/05]

  175. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the proposals he has regarding the decentralisation of the Land Registry Office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15806/05]

  Mr. McDowell:I propose to take Questions Nos. 161 and 175 together.

Under the Government’s decentralisation programme, 230 posts in the Land Registry are scheduled to be relocated to Roscommon town. The Land Registry’s implementation plan in respect of this move is available on my Department’s website.

The November 2004 report from the decentralisation implementation group did not identify the Land Registry as one of the Departments or offices which should be the first to move outside Dublin. The implementation group will be reporting again shortly in relation to the implementation of the programme as a whole and the implementation plans for all the organisations that are decentralising will be kept under review.

The selection process with regard to property solutions to fulfil the accommodation brief for the staff decentralising to Roscommon is progressing and the Office of Public Works is at an advanced stage of negotiations in acquiring a suitable site. The Deputy will also be aware that a significant element of the Land Registry was decentralised to Waterford some years ago.