Professionals who relocate from Dublin to the north west have a better quality of life, less time commuting and suffer less stress, a survey claimed today.
The study of 50 private sector workers who moved from the capital to the regions asked them how they felt in their new lives.
It found 94% of those surveyed would recommend relocating to the north west.
Eamon O’Cuiv, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, claimed the survey was the evidence needed to prove decentralisation would work.
“No matter how often some out of touch journalists and fainthearted opposition politicians try to pour scorn on decentralisation, the fact remains that this is without a doubt a good policy,” the minister said.
Mr O’Cuiv added that the survey proved the scheme would have an enormously positive knock-on effect on the regions.
The Government’s ambitious decentralisation plans will drastically cut the number of civil and public servants in Dublin by moving over 10,000 of them from the capital to 58 locations around the country.
The scheme, which began in 2003, was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year but could take a further three years, or more.
It has come up against huge criticism from opposition TDs with Environment spokesman Ciaran Cuffe describing the programme as the “pork-barrel politics of delivering scraps of meat to every Fianna Fáil backbencher in the country”.
The survey, compiled by Collins McNicholas, Recruitment and Training Group, claimed 75% of workers accepted the same wages or a slight drop to move. Some 50% of respondents said they were attracted to the north west because of property prices and a lower cost of living.
And it went to say the most vibrant areas of employment are pharmaceutical, financial and professional services.