Local Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy has expressed his disappointment at the Government’s decision not to relocate the Department of Education and Skills to Mullingar, bringing 300 jobs into the local economy.
Deputy Troy said: “As part of the Government public service reform plans the decision to locate the Department of Education with 300 staff in Mullingar has been axed. This is a major disappointed for the community as the economic boost locally would have been very helpful for shops and other businesses.
“This decision also raises a number of questions that the Government must address. A site has already been identified and purchased. I will be raising with the Minister for Public Expenditure the need for a detailed statement on how much the land was purchased for and the Government’s plans now to either develop it or re-sell it.
“I understand that the decision to locate the main offices of the Department of Education in Mullingar resulted in the number of staff wishing to move as part of the plan being oversubscribed. In that context it is clear that many public servants want the option of relocating for work as they may live in Mullingar or in surrounding towns. The Government’s decision is clearly short-sighted and I will be urging the Minister to review this decision in light of the money spent purchasing land and the desire on the part of public servants themselves for this project to proceed.”