421. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the agencies or sections of her Department that were decentralised during the period 1997 to 2011; the travel costs and expenses incurred by decentralised personnel travelling to their base Department in that period. [1033/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware the decentralisation programme launched in 2003 was a policy of the Government at that time. As a result of that programme a number of offices and divisions from across the Department of Justice and Equality were decentralised. Details are provided in the table below. The decentralisation programme was suspended in 2008 and subsequently cancelled by Government in 2011.

Division/Office Date of move Location
Irish Prison Service 2007 Longford
National Property Services Regulatory Authority 2007 Navan
Office of the Director of Probation Service 2008 Navan
Data Protection Commissioner 2006 Portarlington
Part of Equality Tribunal (now under aegis of DJEI*) 2008 Portlaoise
Part of Equality Authority (now IHREC*) 2007 Roscrea
Private Security Authority 2005 Tipperary
Part of Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service 2008 Tipperary
          * Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
          * Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
The Deputy may also be aware that prior to 2003 my Department opened a decentralised Financial Shared Service office in Killarney in 1990.
It would not be possible without a disproportionate assignment of scarce resources to disaggregate travel by officials from a decentralised location purely to their departmental headquarters, particularly if that headquarters is located in Dublin.