Flanagan praises decentralisation

Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan, has praised the implementation of one of the Government’s most controversial policies in Laois.

Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan, has praised the implementation of one of the Government’s most controversial policies in Laois.

While a hundreds of civil servants work in costly rented buildings while waiting for the green light for a new HQ, Deputy Flanagan said that the move of the Department of Agriculture to Portlaoise represents a widely accepted model of successful decentralisation. He said he was committed to the project.

“There has been a great deal of scaremongering in respect of Fine Gael’s public sector proposals and I am determined to set the record straight. The Department of Agriculture offices in Portlaoise are widely recognised as an example of a successful model of decentralisation. Indeed, Portlaoise is the provincial capital for decentralised Government Departments in this region,” he said.

The FG man said Portlaoise would gain under FG’s plans.

“As such, Portlaoise is well placed to gain under Fine Gael’s proposals to streamline certain aspects of Government in order to create efficiencies, protect frontline public sector jobs, maintain core public sector pay and keep taxes down.

“While Fine Gael is proposing to amalgamate certain Department of Agriculture offices, we recognise that there will still need to be personnel and offices across the regions and the counties. Portlaoise is well placed to continue to be the hub of decentralized Department of Agriculture activities,” he said.