Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the costs incurred to date for decentralisation, broken down by his Department and the agencies under the aegis of his Department. [18117/08]

  Deputy Micheál Martin: Under the Government’s decentralisation programme, the Development Cooperation Directorate of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which is Irish Aid’s Headquarters, will decentralise to Limerick. Good progress has been made and personnel have either been assigned to, or identified for, 108 posts or approximately 87% of the 124 posts being decentralised. The new permanent offices for Irish Aid in Limerick are expected to be completed in the autumn.

The property related costs associated with the decentralisation programme are a charge on the Office of Public Works. The following table sets out the non-property costs incurred by this Department during the period 2004-2008. The increase experienced in 2007 relates to the costs associated with the establishment of interim offices in Limerick in May of that year.

Travel & Subsistence A.2

Training A.3

Office Machinery & related expenses A.5

Office Premises A.6

Total Per Year

2004

0

1,200

0

0

1,200

2005

500

2,900

0

0

3,400

2006

1,900

7,200

0

0

9,100

2007

6,400

2,000

166,900

6,500

181,800

2008

600

2,100

0

14,000

16,700

Total 2004-2008

9,400

15,400

166,900

20,500

212,200