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Review of Certain Decentralisation Programme Projects

 

 REPORT

 

 

 

Review of Certain Decentralisation Programme Projects

 

 

 

 

December 2011

 

 

  

 

Central Decentralisation Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Summary

 

The Government agreed in November 2011 that the Decentralisation Programme should be cancelled in the light of the budgetary and staffing outlook.  Those projects where there was no permanent accommodation or advance party in place were cancelled. Projects for which permanent accommodation was already provided and to which staffing assignments were substantially completed were left in situ, to be managed in the same way as other regionally based offices and Departments.

 

The Government also agreed that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform would review, in liaison with the OPW and the relevant Departments, the viability and future prospects of 21 decentralisation projects, having regard to the current budgetary and staffing constraints affecting the public service generally.  These projects included those where temporary accommodation has been provided, and some others that have business/operational effectiveness issues that require further consideration. 

 

The Government also decided that in view of the changes that have taken place in Ministerial responsibilities since March 2011, the administrative arrangements for the Department of Defence project in Newbridge should be part of the review. 

 

A list of the projects reviewed and a summary of the impact of the outcome of the Review is at Appendix 1.  

 

The relevant Departments were surveyed and meetings were held to ascertain the exact status of the 22 projects.  The results of these surveys and meetings, together with the need to focus on programmes and projects that will best support economic recovery and identify significant expenditure savings and efficiencies, informed the outcome of the review.  Based on this review, it is considered that:

  • 13 projects, where temporary accommodation has been provided and that remain viable, from the staffing, accommodation and operational effectiveness perspectives, should remain in situ, to be managed in the same way as other regionally based offices and Departments;
  • 3 projects where temporary accommodation has been provided (Equality Tribunal, Portlaoise; FÁS, Birr; and Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Tubbercurry) that are no longer viable should be wound down and arrangements should be made to terminate accommodation leases as soon as possible to deliver savings  on accommodation costs over time;
  • In the case of projects with particular challenges in relation to the provision of accommodation or optimising the space utilisation in the buildings provided, 4 should be retained in situ:
    • In the case of 3 of these - the Property Registration Authority (Roscommon); Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (Tipperary); Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Clonakilty) - the OPW should work with the relevant main occupier, and other public service bodies as necessary, to ensure the optimum utilisation of the accommodation in the locations involved.
    • In the case of the Development Cooperation Division of Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Limerick),  that  Department should explore the HR options available to address the staffing difficulties arising;
    • in the case of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Portlaoise), the accommodation options should be considered by the OPW in the first instance, in consultation with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as necessary;
  • the Defence Forces (Curragh) project should proceed, on a cost effective basis, as soon as budgetary resources permit.
  • the administrative centre for the Department of Defence should be retained in Newbridge and appropriate arrangements made to provide for a limited permanent presence for the Department of Defence in Dublin

 

The OPW is concerned to ensure that the permanent accommodation already provided is utilised to the maximum feasible extent and Departments/public bodies should proactively co-operate with it to achieve this objective.  While the OPW, with the co-operation of Departments/public bodies, will be able to deal with accommodation issues arising from the Report’s findings, the OPW advises that there will in any event be an amount of unoccupied office accommodation in the short term in the context of declining public service numbers.

Some of the temporary accommodation solutions put in place may ultimately need to be upgraded. As is the case with other accommodation projects within the OPW’s property portfolio, more permanent accommodation solutions may need to be put place in some cases in the longer term. This will require the provision of appropriate capital funding over time.

The OPW has advised in relation to vacant sites purchased for some of the projects at these locations that while it will explore alternatives uses for them, it may be prudent to retain some until the market improves. Alternatively, disposal may be the best option in some cases.

 

 



 

1.  Background

 

In the December 2003 Budget Statement, the then Minister for Finance announced the decentralisation of 10,300 civil and public servants from Dublin to 53 locations in 25 counties. About a third of the target numbers – over 3,400 – have decentralised since the commencement of the Programme, the vast majority being civil servants. While the decentralised offices account for less than 10% of serving civil service staff, taken together with the pre-existing regional and district offices of Departments the proportion of civil servants stationed outside Dublin is now just over 50%.

 

Staff relocation under the programme was accomplished on a voluntary basis, without payment of removal expenses or incentives.  Other costs to the Departments involved were minimised through business planning, gradual transfers of staff and functions and risk management strategies.

 

In October 2008 implementation of the elements of the programme remaining to be completed at that time was deferred by the Government, pending a review to be conducted in 2011 in light of budgetary developments.

 

 

2.  Government Decision -  November 2011

The Government announced on 17 November 2011 that the Decentralisation Programme should be cancelled. This decision was taken in the context of the substantial changes in the budgetary and staffing situation since decentralisation was announced, as well as factors such as reductions in overall public service numbers, re-organisation of Departments and State Agencies and the erosion of staff numbers available for individual locations. It also had regard to the need to focus on programmes and projects that would best support economic recovery and to identify significant expenditure savings and efficiencies.

 

As financial, staff and management resources were not available to support either the large scale reversal of the Programme or completion of the outstanding elements, the Government agreed the following:

 

  • Projects where no progress had been made in relation to the provision of accommodation or the movement of staff were cancelled (these were on the list of projects which were deferred in 2008). The future use of any sites acquired for these projects will be considered in the context of the overall management of the State’s property portfolio.

 

  • Projects for which permanent accommodation had been provided and to which staffing assignments were substantially completed, were to be left in situ to be managed in the same way as other regionally based offices and Departments.

 

  • A review should be carried out by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, in liaison with the OPW and the relevant Departments, of the viability and future prospects of the remainder of the projects, having regard to the current budgetary and staffing constraints affecting the public service generally.

The Government also decided that in view of the changes that have taken place in Ministerial responsibilities since March 2011, the administrative arrangements for the Department of Defence project in Newbridge should be part of the review. 

 

A list of the projects reviewed and a summary of the impact of the outcome of the Review is at Appendix 1. 

 

3.  Structure of the Review

The projects to be reviewed included those where advance parties are in place and temporary accommodation has been provided, and some others that had business/operational effectiveness issues that required further consideration. The latter included projects with specific challenges in relation to the provision of accommodation, or optimising the space utilisation in the buildings provided i.e. 

 

  • projects that had significant staffing shortfalls e.g. the office of the Property Registration Authority in Roscommon and the new office under construction in Tipperary for the Immigration Service (INIS);
  • the Defence Forces HQ project for the Curragh,  on which no progress had been made;
  • the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine advance party in Portlaoise, where 500 or so staff are spread across 7 locations,   

as well as operational issues arising from the Headquarters designation of the Newbridge project.  

 

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (D/PER) wrote to the relevant Departments to seek their views in relation to the advance parties and other relevant projects, under the following criteria:

  • Property and cost issues;
  • any business, operational effectiveness and related considerations that pertain, generally or in relation to specific projects, arising from revised business needs and organisational goals;
  • the possibilities for integration with other nearby regional or national offices of their own or another Department or office, including possible transfers of staff or functions and sharing sites or services with a view to optimising use of accommodation in the general area; and 
  • staffing and IR issues, including the commitments given under the Croke Park Agreement.

 

The OPW was asked to furnish up to date data and options on the property front (e.g. status of leases, nearby options to accommodate some or all of the staff in advance offices, etc.) for each of the properties concerned.  

 

Following receipt of written responses, meetings were arranged with the relevant Departments, in conjunction with the OPW, to further explore the future prospects of the projects.  The findings based on the written responses received from Departments, from the meetings in respect of the projects and subsequent correspondence, are summarised below.

 

 

4.  The Recommendations of the Review

The Recommendations of the Review fall into five main categories as follows:

 

  • 13 Temporary Accommodation Projects where the advance party should remain in situ
  • 3 Temporary Accommodation Projects which should be cancelled
  • 4 Permanent Accommodation Projects which are to remain in situ
  • 1 Project where permanent accommodation should be provided as the budgetary situation permits
  • 1 Project where the administrative centre should be retained

 

 

4.(i)  Temporary Accommodation Projects where the advance party should remain in situ

 

Athy

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners has an advance party of 67 in Athy.  Numbers in Athy may reduce somewhat as it carries its share of Revenue’s reduced staffing level.  There would be some limited potential to accommodate further staff in Athy and there was some interest from staff in moving there. Revenue are reviewing the efficiency, effectiveness and value of smaller Revenue offices and in that context there is a possible consolidation of a small office in Naas which has 4 staff. Other than that, there are no business or operational reasons to transfer further functions to Athy. In light of the submission made, and taking account of the views of the OPW, it is considered that this project should be left in situ.

 

Carlow

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, in their written submission, advised that there are 98 staff in situ. There is significant interest in the Carlow location and they could increase numbers if accommodation was available. The NERA part of the project is operating as intended. The CRO operates out of Dublin and Carlow and they have some concerns that this is not ideal.  However, their strong view is that, at a minimum the existing arrangements/presence in Carlow must be maintained. In light of the submission made, and taking account of the views of the OPW, it is considered that this project should be left in situ.

 

 

Cavan

The Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources currently operates a stand alone central corporate function (with 49 staff) in its offices in Cavan.  Additional functions would have to be transferred there to facilitate more staff transferring there.  However as only one member of staff has expressed an interest in relocating to Cavan, the Department have no plans currently to move other functions to Cavan. Accommodation is functionally adequate but staff are dispersed across a number of floors. The Department considers there is better accommodation in Cavan and that rent savings could be made. In light of the submission made, it is considered that this project should be left in situ. The Department are to discuss the possibilities for alternative accommodation with the OPW.

 

Claremorris

The OPW indicated that there are 29 staff in situ in Claremorris. There is still significant interest from staff in the location and the OPW consider that additional functions could be transferred there.  The accommodation is leased and a rent reduction was recently negotiated. It could accommodate approximately 11 more staff.  Based on the written submission from the OPW and a meeting with them it is considered that this project should be left in situ.

 

Clifden

While Pobal operates under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, it is a private limited company which provides services on an agency/service provider basis to that Department and other Government Departments and State bodies. Pobal has 23 staff engaged on the Department’s programme. Pobal does not expect staffing levels in the office in Clifden to decline and therefore will have a presence in that location for the foreseeable future.  On the basis of the submission made, it is considered that this project should remain in situ.

 

Dundalk

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has 14 staff in Dundalk. They consider that they have stable, efficient and well-functioning work arrangements in place to enable them discharge their responsibilities.  They have established a clear differentiation between the Dundalk and Dublin based functions and staff wish to remain in situ.  On the basis of the submission made, it is considered that this project should remain in situ.

 

Kilkenny (for Thomastown)

The Health & Safety Authority were due to move to Thomastown, where a site has been purchased but has not been developed. They have 18 staff in an advance party in Kilkenny and only a small number of staff from Kilkenny would be interested in moving to Thomastown.  The Authority has indicated its desire to move to a smaller office in Kilkenny and to cancel any further moves. The lease on the current office has been terminated and new accommodation in Kilkenny is being sought which would result in a significant rental saving of c€200k p.a. It is considered that the Health & Safety Authority should remain in Kilkenny but  move to smaller accommodation.

 

Portarlington

The written submission from the Department of Justice and Equality advises that it considers the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, an independent regulatory body to be a completed decentralisation project.  It is a stand alone entity and holds accommodation on a long-term lease. The Department of Justice and Equality advised at its meeting with D/PER that its strong view is that the project should remain in situ.  As this is a fully staffed, stand alone entity, it is considered that it should remain in situ.

 

Portlaoise (for Portarlington)- NCCA

The NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment), who were due to move to Portarlington, have an advance office in  rented accommodation in Portlaoise which they do not consider suitable. The NCCA has advised that when the lease on their current building expires they would be open to sharing accommodation in Portlaoise with other groups. They advised that the relocation of staff at this point out of Portlaoise would present significant IR and business issues.  It is considered that this project should remain in situ. The OPW will explore options for alternative accommodation and liaise directly with the NCCA and the Department of Education & Skills.  

 

Portlaoise – Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

In the case of the advance party project in Portlaoise, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine proposes, for business effectiveness reasons, to maintain total staffing levels at circa 480 in Portlaoise, notwithstanding fairly good demand on the CAF for transfers there.  As these staff are distributed across 10 buildings in 7 locations in Portlaoise, the Department are extremely anxious to reduce the number of leases, consolidate accommodation and rationalise functions and have been working with OPW on this issue in recent months. As there is also a significant presence from other Departments and agencies, the OPW, in consultation with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, have commenced an assessment of 3 possible accommodation options:  a) provide a purpose built building to house all of the Department’s staff; b) extend an existing State owned building to allow for a significant consolidation of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine staff; or  c) continue to rationalise existing leases and the allocation of space among the various organisations, including negotiating rent reductions as the various leases come up for renewal. A final recommendation on these options, which will take into account the current financial restraints, is expected to be submitted by the OPW to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform shortly. 

 

Roscrea

There are 16 staff in situ in the Equality Authority’s office in Roscrea with office space for approximately 4 more.  The Department of Justice and Equality reports that the future of the Roscrea office is being considered by a working group set up to advise the Minister on issues relating to the amalgamation of the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority and that, while it will remain in situ at present, a decision on its future will be taken once the working group has reported with its recommendations.

 

Shannon

Enterprise Ireland (EI) considers that the staffing up of Shannon (there are 56 in situ) resulted from the strengthening of EI’s focus and is not strictly part of the decentralisation programme. There is space available for additional staff but staff interest in relocating to Shannon remains consistently low. Enterprise Ireland have indicated that they will continue to provide the functions currently operated from that location and considers that the decentralisation of future posts and operations to Shannon are not feasible. Based on the submission made it is considered that this project should remain in situ and that EI should continue to manage the property aspects. 

 

Thurles

There are 137 staff in Thurles – 75 in the Garda Central Vetting Unit and a further 62 in the Garda Fixed Penalty Office. A written submission from the Department of Justice and Equality advises that it considers the move of Garda Headquarters staff to Thurles as a completed decentralisation project.  No major issues were identified in terms of the accommodation either in the submission or at the meeting with the Department. It is considered that this project should remain in situ. The OPW are  currently reviewing the lease position. 

 

4. (ii)  Temporary Accommodation Projects which should be cancelled

 

Birr

In the case of the advance party for FÁS in Birr, there are currently 14 staff in situ and very little further  interest from staff to transfer there. FÁS have purchased a 5.6 acre site but this has not been developed. The staff are in rented accommodation and FÁS have advised the landlord they wish to invoke a break clause in the lease. FÁS are very strongly of the view (which is supported by the Department of Education and Skills) that they should vacate the building as part of the restructuring of FÁS in order to make savings on the cost of the rental and upkeep of the building. They are confident that they can place all staff through assignments to other nearby FÁS locations or through redeployments to other civil and public service employers in the area. A Jobs Club and an Employment Services Clinic is also being run from the building and FÁS can arrange to have these relocated in the locality. It is considered that this project is no longer viable and should be wound down and that arrangements should be made to terminate accommodation leases as soon as possible to deliver savings on accommodation costs over time.

 

 

 

Portlaoise (for Portarlington)

In the case of the Equality Tribunal, an advance party of 9 posts was situated in Portlaoise, with a view to eventual decentralisation to Portarlington. There are a further 22 in the organisation in Dublin. The Director of the Tribunal is concerned at the under-utilisation of the staff in Portlaoise and is strongly of the view that this unit is no longer viable. This situation would be exacerbated when the proposed merger of the National Employment Rights Authority, the Labour Relations Commission, the Equality Tribunal and the Employment Appeals Tribunal proceeds. The accommodation in Portlaoise is also unsuitable for long-term use and the lease expires in 2013. The Department of Justice and Equality has effected changes in the staffing levels so that there are currently only 5 staff in situ in Portlaoise.  Viable redeployment options exist or are being pursued in relation to the three administrative staff, and it is anticipated that the two remaining staff (Equality Officers) could be accommodated from a Dublin base. The Tribunal considers that the functions performed there should be re-integrated with head office in Dublin and are supported in that view by the Department of Justice & Equality, subject to sanction to replace in Dublin up to three of the entire staff complement redeploying locally in Portlaoise.

 

Tubbercurry (for Charlestown)

There are 57 staff in situ in the advance party for the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in Tubbercurry, and a small number (9) of Department of Social Protection staff occupying the same premises. Given the small scale of its operation there, the Department of Social Protection has confirmed that it would seek to move out of Tubbercurry, if the opportunity arose. There is very little further interest on the CAF in transferring there. The staff are in rented accommodation, in 2 separate buildings, and the leases are due to expire in mid-2012. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government are strongly of the view that for business effectiveness reasons, and in light of the changed overall configuration of the Department, it should seek to consolidate its staff across 3 locations (Wexford, Dublin and Ballina) and in that context it proposes to transfer the staff from Tubbercurry to Ballina, as soon as practicable, in accordance with the redeployment provisions of the Croke Park Agreement. They are satisfied that in the order of 30 staff are prepared to move over the coming months and arrangements are under way to progress this. This would facilitate the OPW in terminating the lease in one of the buildings in Tubbercurry. It is considered that the Department should retain the balance in Tubbercurry in the short term, under flexible leasing arrangements, with the aim of maximising the number of staff moving to Ballina over time, and the redeployment of the remaining staff to other civil and public service employers in the general vicinity being facilitated through existing redeployment mechanisms.   

 

4. (iii)  Permanent Accommodation Projects which are to remain in situ

 

Clonakilty

There are currently 20 staff in the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) building in Clonakilty. The building was designed for 98 and, pending the assignment of the remainder of the BIM staff due to decentralise, has been used to accommodate 47 Sea Fisheries Protection Authority staff.  There is very little demand for further moves on the CAF.  The BIM Board are strongly of the view that there is no business rationale for moving further BIM staff from Dun Laoghaire, and are supported in this by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. While the accommodation required for laboratory staff is substantially more than is required for administrative staff, the OPW consider that there is scope to accommodate some additional staff in the building, including some from other public service organisations from which there is an unmet demand locally.  It is considered that the OPW should work with the main occupier, and other public service bodies as necessary, to ensure the optimum utilisation of the accommodation in this location. 

 

Limerick

Concerns were raised in relation to declining staff levels in the Development Cooperation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Limerick in the context of the posting abroad of diplomatic staff by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There are 90 staff  based in the Limerick premises at present, down from the initial assignment of 134. While options for the reversal of the project were considered, it was agreed that this would not be feasible due to the significant number of specialists and other staff now committed (financially and personally) to Limerick, as well as the costs of finding alternative accommodation in Dublin and the difficulties of vacating the long-term lease in Limerick. In the circumstances, the onus is on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure the long-term viability and structure of the office by exploring all the HR options available to maintain adequate staffing levels, including the possibility of reassigning to Limerick, when they have concluded their rotation to the Dublin office and/or missions overseas, the diplomats who were promoted to decentralise to Limerick.  It was not possible in the context of the Review to identify immediate prospects for offsetting the current shortfall and securing optimum utilisation of the space available by the assignment of staff from other Departments/Offices or public bodies to the accommodation. It is considered however that the search for such a solution should continue and that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade should proactively engage with the OPW in efforts to identify any opportunities to do so.    

 

Roscommon & Tipperary

There is substantial State owned accommodation in place in the case of the Property Registration Authority (PRA) in Roscommon and coming on stream shortly in the case of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in Tipperary, which are both part of the broader Department of Justice & Equality group of organisations. There are 85 staff already located in the PRA and 65 in INIS in Tipperary. There are a small number of applications on the CAF from staff wishing to move to both Roscommon and Tipperary. However, due to the introduction of new immigration and citizenship processes, in the case of Tipperary there is no continuing business rationale for INIS to assign further staff to add to the advance party there.  In the case of the Property Registration Authority, it asserts that despite its best efforts it is proving impossible to meet the objective of assigning 230 staff as set out in the original Government announcement of 2003.  Even if this was not an impediment, the PRA is not in a position to assign further staff to Roscommon, due to the staff recruitment and promotion restrictions that apply generally and its changing business needs and practices. 

 

The Department of Justice & Equality is not in a position to assign further staff at present to the permanent accommodation in Tipperary and Roscommon.  However, in view of its overall size and range of functions as well as the strong endorsement by that Department when the building projects were being sanctioned, it is considered that the broader Department of Justice and Equality group of organisations, in the first instance, should continue to seek every opportunity to utilise that accommodation to the maximum feasible extent.  Where a shortfall continues following these efforts, Departments/Offices and other relevant public service bodies should proactively engage with the OPW in efforts to maximise the utilisation of this accommodation. 

 

4. (iv)  Project where permanent accommodation should be provided as the budgetary situation permits. 

 

The Curragh

The Department of Defence consider that it would be optimal, for business effectiveness reasons, to proceed with the move of the Defence Forces to the Curragh and are seeking to provide accommodation from within the Department of Defence’s property portfolio. The provision of this accommodation could free up 2 leases for surrender and permit them to vacate two buildings in Dublin. The Defence Forces would prefer not to have to move from its Infirmary Road building to another location in Dublin, pending a move to the Curragh, due to the nature of the communications equipment in place there and the high level of security it requires. While there are strong arguments in favour of the move to the Curragh, in view of the pressures on the capital budget it is likely to be difficult to meet the costs involved, estimated at €10m over 3 years, in 2012 or in the short term. While the budgetary situation may not permit the Curragh project to proceed immediately, it is considered that it should proceed as soon as budgetary resources permit.

 

4. (v)  Project where the administrative centre should be retained

 

Newbridge

The Department of Defence referred to the negative impact of decentralisation on the work of the Department of certain business and inter-departmental and cross-cutting issues where the focus of work is almost entirely in Dublin. They also advised of a requirement to put more effective arrangements in place to support the Office of Emergency Planning in Dublin. They note that the lease on the Department’s current accommodation, which was designed primarily as a hot-desk facility to enable the transaction of necessary business in Dublin, will expire in June this year and they are urgently seeking permanent office accommodation in Dublin. 

 

The need exists to ensure that, insofar as is feasible for the efficient and effective functioning of Departments and Offices, there will be no duplication of functions, roles or accommodation facilities in cases where organisations are distributed across two or more locations. It is considered that the administrative centre for the Department of Defence should be retained in Newbridge and appropriate arrangements made to provide for a limited permanent presence for the Department of Defence in Dublin.

 

5.  Views of the OPW

The OPW remains concerned to ensure that the permanent accommodation already provided is utilised to the maximum feasible extent and Departments/public bodies should proactively co-operate with it to achieve this objective.  While the OPW, with the co-operation of Departments/public bodies, will be able to deal with accommodation issues arising from the Report’s finding, the OPW advises that there will in any event be an amount of unoccupied office accommodation in the short term in the context of declining public service numbers.

It also advised that some of the temporary accommodation solutions put in place may ultimately need to be upgraded. As is the case with other accommodation projects within the OPW’s property portfolio, more permanent accommodation solutions may need to be put in place in some cases in the longer term. This will require the provision of appropriate capital funding over time.

The OPW has advised in relation to vacant sites purchased for some of the projects at these locations that while they will explore alternative uses for them, it may be prudent to retain some until the market improves. Alternatively, disposal may be the best option in some cases

 

6.  Summary of Recommendations

 

The recommendations of this Report are summarised in Appendix 1.

 

Central Decentralisation Unit

December 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1

 

Recommendations in relation to the Decentralisation Projects reviewed

 

Location

Table 1: Projects in Temporary Accommodation

- Advance Party to remain in situ

Total posts originally due to decentralise

Staff now in Situ

Athy

Office of Revenue Commissioners  (Advance Party)

253

67

Carlow

Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (Advance Party)

257

98

Cavan  

Communications Energy & Natural Resources (Advance Party)

301

49

Claremorris (Phase I)

Office of Public Works (Advance Party)

104

29

Clifden

Pobal (Advance Party)

42

23

Dundalk

Sustainable Energy Ireland (Advance Party)

34

14

Kilkenny (for Thomastown)

Health & Safety Authority (Advance Party)

116

18

Portarlington

Data Protection Commissioner (Advance Party)

23

22

Portlaoise (for Portarlington)

NCCA (civil service) (Advance Party)

37

8

Portlaoise* 

Agriculture Food and the Marine (Advance Party)

595

317

Roscrea**

Equality Authority (civil service) (Advance Party)

41

16

Shannon

Enterprise Ireland (Advance Party)

292

56

Thurles

Garda Headquarters CGVU & FCPS (Advance Party)

199

137

 

                                                         13 Projects

2,294

854

*When account is taken of staff moved prior to decentralisation, there are c.480 staff in situ, distributed over 7 locations. 

** A Working Group is to make recommendations on the future of Roscrea when issues arising in context of amalgamation of the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority have been examined. 

 

Table 2:  Projects in Temporary Accommodation

- Advance Party to be cancelled

Total Posts due to decentralise

Staff now in Situ

Birr

FÁS (Advance Party)

398

14

Portlaoise (for Portarlington)

Equality Tribunal (civil service) (Advance Party)

42

8

Tubbercurry (for Charlestown)

Environment Community and Local Government (Advance Party)

164

66

 

                                                           3  Projects

604

88

 

 

 

 

Location

Table 3: Projects in Permanent Accommodation  Staffing Shortfalls or Business/Operational Effectiveness issues

-  Projects to remain in situ

Total posts originally due to decentralise

Staff now in Situ

Clonakilty***

BIM

90

20

Limerick

Development Cooperation, Foreign Affairs & Trade

134

90

Roscommon

Property Registration Authority

230

77

Tipperary Town (accommodation to be completed in 2013)

Justice & Equality (INIS) (Advance Party)

 186

63

 

                                                            4 Projects 

640

 250

 

Location

Table 4: Project where accommodation is to be provided as budgetary situation permits

Total posts originally due to decentralise

Staff now in Situ

Curragh

Defence Forces

413

0

 

                                                              1 Project

413

0

 

Location

Table 5:  Project in Permanent Accommodation

 - Operational issues arising from location of administrative centre

Administrative Centre to Remain

Total posts originally due to decentralise

Staff now in Situ

Newbridge ****

Department of Defence  

201

165

 

1 Project

201

165

***The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (47 staff) were subsequently allocated some of the space provided for BIM.

**** Shortfall of Civil Service numbers made up by facilitating decentralisation of additional defence forces personnel.