Dáil Éireann - Volume 591 - 02 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

  312. Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the number of requests for decentralisation in respect of Fáilte Ireland staff to Mallow, County Cork; if he is facilitating an early response to this request. [27144/04]

  Mr. O’Donoghue:According to the latest figures available from the central application facility, there have been 83 applications for decentralisation to Fáilte Ireland, which is proposed for relocation to Mallow, County Cork. Of the applications, ten are from officers serving in Dublin and the remainder from officers serving in provincial locations. I will not be in a position to state when the transfers will take place until a decision has been made on sequencing and timing. In this regard, the Flynn group will shortly [917] make recommendations to the Cabinet sub-committee on decentralisation as to the organisations and locations to be included in the first batch of relocations. The recommendations will be based on the latest figures emerging from the central applications facility together with information on the availability of existing property or a suitable site for development of office facilities.