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Tipperary Agriculture Offices Begin Closure.

Fifteen Departments of this countries Agricultural offices are to shut by the end of April as part of the governments ongoing rationalisation programme, which were  announced last year.

Agriculture offices at Nenagh, Clonmel, Thurles, will now close in April, with responsibility to transfer to Tipperary town in the case of all of the Tipperary offices.

Countrywide, the reorganisation when fully implemented will deliver annual savings of €30 million, mainly in staff costs, resulting in a reduction of 400 staff, latter which are to be deployed elsewhere.

In relation to the resignation of Junior Minister Trevor Sargent today, the Brendan Smith TD Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food, acknowledged the very significant contribution that Trevor Sargent has made since his appointment as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture in 2007, both to the work of the Department generally and the organic and horticulture sectors in particular.

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