Decentralisation – 5,000 Public Servants Deferred

decentralisation Latest official figures show that decentralisation plans for over 5,000 public servants have been deferred, while just 2,500 people have moved under the plan announced in 2003.

The figures from the Department of Finance show that another 3,500 public servants are still in the process of being decentralised but have not yet been moved.

Plans to move 5,140 people to 50 locations were deferred in the Budget and it is now widely accepted that the moves will never take place.

A number of locations with advance parties already decentralised will not now get the numbers originally planned. Among them are Athy, Co Kildare, where 180 officials from the Revenue Commissioners were due to join colleagues, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, where 83 members of the Health and Safety Authority were due to move, and Thurles, Co Tipperary, where 66 more people from Garda headquarters were due to transfer. A hold has also been placed on the transfer of 25 people from the Equality Authority to Roscrea, Co Tipperary, and the same applies to the move of 23 people from the Garda Ombudsman Commission to Roscrea.


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