Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 12 October, 2006

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

Mr. Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Finance further to the publication of the most recent report of the decentralisation implementation group; the position with regard to the proposal to locate Revenue Commissioners information technology staff to Kildare town; the number of staff volunteering to move to Kildare town; if a site has been acquired for the proposed development; if the site identified in the Kildare town local area plan at Magee Barracks is considered suitable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32463/06]

  Mr. Cowen:I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that as part of the Government’s decision on decentralisation, 380 Revenue posts are due to move to Kildare town. One hundred and twenty first preference applications were received through the central applications facility for Kildare. Of these, 82 staff are from within Revenue and 38 staff from outside Revenue.

I am also informed that the Office of Public Works (OPW) are having discussions on a number of potential sites in Kildare town, including a site at Magee Barracks. When these discussions are completed, the OPW, in consultation with the Revenue Commissioners, will decide on the best location.