Decentralisation of Departments begins in Killarney

The decentralisation of the Department of Arts Sport and Tourism to Killarney has begun. Up to 200 civil servants are expected to move to Killarney under the programme. Civil servants from other departments who wish to be transferred to Killarney are being phased into department headquarters. Minister John O Donohue says it will then operate from his constituency from 2007. The Department says they do not anticipate any a problem with getting the required numbers of civil servants to Killarney.