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Original Government Announcement Budget 2004

New Departmental Headquarters

The headquarters of eight Departments and the OPW are being transferred out of Dublin, leaving seven Departments with headquarters in Dublin. 

Department/Office 

New Headquarters

Agriculture & Food 

Portlaoise

Arts, Sport & Tourism 

Killarney

Communications, Energy & Natural Resources 

Cavan

Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs 

Knock Airport (since changed to Charlestown)

Defence 

Newbridge

Education & Science 

Mullingar

Environment, Heritage& Local Government 

Wexford

Office of Public Works 

Trim

Social & Family Affairs 

Drogheda

 

Note: Ministers with headquarters outside of Dublin will be provided with a centralised suite of offices, close to the Houses of the Oireachtas, for a small secretariat so they can conduct business while in Dublin and when the Dáil is in session.

General Notes

A wide range of factors were taken into account and balanced against each other in selecting Departments/agencies for decentralisation and locations for the new decentralised offices. These factors included:
(a) in selecting Departments and agencies for decentralisation:
- the imperative that customer service standards are not adversely affected by decentralisation;
- the core business and nature of the relevant Departments/agencies;
- the location of their customer base;
- the need to ensure that the units involved are large enough to provide career opportunities for staff either within their own Department or in another Department within a reasonable distance;
and
(b) in selecting locations for decentralised offices: .
- the need to achieve a fit with the National Spatial Strategy, in terms of the Gateways, Hubs and their respective catchments;
- the location of existing decentralised offices;
- the desirability of clustering a Department's decentralised units within a region;
- the importance of respecting the scale and character of locations in terms of their capacity to absorb the number of new jobs involved;
- the existence of good transport links – by road, rail and/or air – and the general infrastructural capacity in the areas selected.


Industrial Relations

The programme will be implemented on a voluntary basis. There will be no redundancies and, as on previous occasions, the payment of removal or relocation expenses will not arise.
The existing partnership structures within each Department/agency will deal with any implementation related issues which are specific to that Department/agency. Any public service-wide issues will be addressed under the auspices of the Public Service Monitoring Group provided for in Sustaining Progress.


Details of Original Programme by Department

The following list outlines the Departments, agencies and jobs which it was proposed to transfer out of Dublin. It also shows the target number of jobs for each location. An Implementation Group was being established to drive forward the implementation process, with the Chair of the Committee reporting to a special Cabinet sub-Committee. The Government may make some adjustments to the detailed provisions below where necessary to ensure continued effective delivery of public services.

Department/Agency

Location

Budget No.s

Agriculture & Food  
Department HQ (Gen Admin & P/T) Portlaoise
400
Cork City Staff Macroom
70
Bord Bia Enniscorthy
75
Bord Glas Enniscorthy
10
Teagasc Carlow
100
Sub-total  
655
   
Arts, Sport & Tourism  
Department HQ Killarney
140
Arts Council Kilkenny
45
Failte Ireland Mallow
200
Sports Council Killarney
25
Sub-total  
410
   
Communications, Marine & Natural Resources  
Department HQ Cavan
425
BIM Clonakilty
150
Central Fisheries Board Carrick-on-Shannon
40
Sub-total  
615
   
Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs  
Department HQ Knock Airport
140
Department Staff Na Forbacha
10
Pobal Clifden
40
Foras na Gaeilge Gweedore
30
Sub-total  
220
   
Defence  
Department HQ Newbridge
200
Defence Forces HQ Curragh
300
Sub-total  
500
   
Education & Science  
Department HQ Mullingar
300
Department Staff Athlone
100
Higher Education Authority Athlone
45
National Educational Welfare Board & NCCA Portarlington
70
NQAI/HETAC/FETAC Edenderry
75
Sub-total  
590
   
Enterprise, Trade & Employment  
Department Staff Carlow
250
Enterprise Ireland Shannon
300
FAS Birr
250
H S A Thomastown
110
NSAI Arklow
140
Sub-total  
1,050
   
Environment Heritage & Local Government  
Department HQ Wexford
270
Department Staff New Ross
130
Department Staff Waterford
200
Department Staff Kilkenny
60
LGCSB Drogheda
90
NBA Wexford
55
Sub-total  
805
   
Finance  
Department Staff Tullamore
130
Department IT Kildare Town
20
Revenue Staff Athy
250
Revenue Staff Kilrush
50
Revenue Staff Listowel
50
Revenue Staff Newcastle West
50
Revenue IT Kildare Town
500
OPW HQ Trim
275
OPW Staff Kanturk
100
OPW Staff Claremorris
150
Public Appointments Service Youghal
100
OSI Dungarvan
300
Valuation Office Youghal
100
Sub-total  
2,075
   
Foreign Affairs  
Development Co-operation Ireland Limerick
130
Sub-total  
130
   
Health & Children  
Various To be decided
500
Sub-total  
500
   
Justice, Equality & Law Reform  
Department Staff Tipperary
200
Data Protection Commissioner Portarlington
20
Equality Authority & Director of Equality Investigations Roscrea
80
Garda HQ (incl. civilians) Thurles
200
Garda Complaints Board Portarlington
20
Land Registry Roscommon
230
Prisons Service HQ Longford
130
Probation & Welfare Service Navan
100
Sub-total  
980
   
Social & Family Affairs  
Department HQ (Gen Admin & P/T) Drogheda
300
Department Staff Buncrana
120
Department Staff Donegal
230
Department Staff Carrick-on-Shannon
225
Department Staff Sligo
100
Department IT Drogheda
225
Combat Poverty Agency Monaghan
25
Department Staff Carrickmacross
85
Sub-total  
1,310
   
Transport  
Road Haulage Loughrea
40
Bus Eireann Mitchelstown
200
Irish Aviation Authority Shannon
100
National Roads Authority Ballinsloe
90
National Safety Council Loughrea
10
Railway Safety Commission Ballinasloe
20
Sub-total  
460
   
TOTAL  
10300

The programme includes 500 health sector staff but, in view of the current position in relation to the health reform programme, the Government has decided not to make any decisions at this time about exactly what staff should be decentralised and to what locations these jobs should be assigned. However, the Government has decided that the new Health Service Executive (incorporating the National Hospitals Office, the Primary, Community and Continuing Care Pillar and the Shared Services Centre) and the Health Information & Quality Authority will all be located outside Dublin.

The Government also decided that, save in exceptional circumstances, any new agencies/bodies being established in future should be located in areas compatible with the new programme of decentralisation.

December 2003