Department unable to provide cost of travel for officials between Kerry and Dublin

A government department is unable to say how much is spent on the cost of civil servants travelling between its headquarters and one its offices in Killarney. Frances Fitzgerald Minister for Justice 25 years ago, the Department of Justice moved one of its sub-offices to a base in Killarney. But a government minister said it would take considerable resources to establish the travel bill for civil servants on such trips between Kerry and Dublin over the years. Long before the now abandoned decentralisation programme of the Fianna Fáil-led government ten years ago, the Department of Justice decentralised a Financial Shared Services office to Killarney in 1990. Since then, civil servants have, from time to time, travelled between the Killarney office and the department’s headquarters in Dublin on official business. Minister Frances Fitzgerald responded to queries in the Dáil recently from Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan on the travel costs and expenses incurred on such journeys. The minister said it would not be possible without a disproportionate use of scarce resources to calculate the costs involved. She said that would be particularly arduous if a department’s headquarters is located in Dublin.

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