Budget figures highlight rising cost of decentralisation plan

The cost of the Government’s decentralisation programme has reportedly escalated sharply, with the Office of Public Works set to spent €900m on new offices for civil servants over the next four years.

Reports this morning said the figure, contained in documents released this week, was higher than any previous estimate of the cost of new offices for civil servants moving out of Dublin.

The high cost comes despite the fact that the Government has significantly scaled back its original plan to move more than 10,000 Dublin-based workers to over 50 locations throughout the country within the coming years.

Last month, the Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition said it was now aiming to relocate just 3,500 civil and public servants by the end of 2008.


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