Cowen defends decentralisation programme

The Taoiseach has rejected opposition claims that the decentralisation programme is a complete shambles.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has claimed in the Dáil that a recent report from the OECD was highly critical of the Government scheme.

Brian Cowen said over 11,000 civil and public servants have applied to move under decentralisation and more than 6,000 or 55% are based in Dublin.

The Taoiseach told the House that despite claims from the opposition, progress is being made.


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