Is the Dept of Comm & Marine not in that Setanta pile on Kildare/Nassau/Sth Fredrick/Molesworth St?
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Flynn is charged after firearms find
11 August 2005 17:19
RTÃ‰ News has learned that the former head of the Government's decentralisation project, Phil Flynn, has been charged with firearms offences.
Officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau served summonses on the former chairman of Bank of Scotland (Ireland), for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence.
The charges arose after detectives searched Mr Flynn's office in Dublin City Centre and found a gun and ammunition.
Mr Flynn was interviewed and a file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He has been summonsed to appear before the Dublin District Court on 10 October.
Mr Flynn has been under investigation by the CAB since it emerged that he had travelled to Bulgaria with the principal figure in the company at the centre of the garda investigation into money-laundering in the republican movement.
Mr Flynn, a former vice-president of Sinn FÃ©in and a former ICTU president, told RTÃ‰ in February that he went to Bulgaria but did not explain the circumstances of the visit.
Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau have also questioned Mr Flynn on his involvement with Chesterton Finance Company Ltd.
The company's business is described in its official filings as financial intermediation except insurance and pension funding.
While Mr Flynn's name does not appear on the current Companies Office records for Chesterton, he confirmed that he was one of its non-executive directors.
Mr Flynn said gardaÃ visited his home in Cabra, north Dublin, and his office in Harcourt Street in the city centre.
He said they took files and documents dealing with his non-executive directorship of the company. It emerged yesterday that Mr Flynn's brother, Mr James Flynn, a Dundalk-based broker, has a business relationship with Chesterton.
Revised spending estimates published
February 23, 2006 12:04
Finance Minister Brian Cowen has presented the revised estimates of Government spending for this year to the Dail.
The estimates reflect the spending totals announced on Budget day, with an additional â‚¬90m relating to changes agreed since then. Total spending in 2006 will be â‚¬50.6 billion, up 13% on 2005.
The additional sum mainly concerns money being spent from the Dormant Accounts Fund and an extra â‚¬25m for capital investment in second-level schools.
â‚¬105m has been allocated to the Government's decentralisation programme, down from an original Budget allocation of â‚¬155m, but extra spending of â‚¬50m will be added to future years. The review follows an examination of progress on acquiring and developing property this year.
The Government also said it would not know how much money was spent on the health service last year until the Health Service Executive finalised its accounts at the end of March.
RTE wrote:â‚¬105m has been allocated to the Government's decentralisation programme, down from an original Budget allocation of â‚¬155m, but extra spending of â‚¬50m will be added to future years.
SIPTU members vote for strike action at FÃS
20 March 2006 12:54
SIPTU members at FÃS have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over Government plans to decentralise the agency to Birr, Co Offaly.
Of the 400 workers at FÃS, 250 are represented by SIPTU and 87% of those have voted for strike action.
The union says that while decentralisation is supposed to be voluntary, pressure to move is being imposed on staff by making promotion dependent on agreement to relocate outside Dublin.
Workers also complain that they have been given no indication of what will happen to those who choose to stay in Dublin.
The National Executive Council of SIPTU will meet in the next few days to decide on granting sanction for industrial action. If it does so, the union will serve two weeks' strike notice.
It is expected that initially the workers will stage short intermittent stoppages.
Head of Human Resources at FÃS, Oliver Egan, said management was obliged to implement Government policy, and was prepared to engage with the union as proposed by the Labour Court.
He also warned that unless the issue is resolved, the long-term impact on the decentralisation agenda could be significant.
Morning strikes at Dublin FÃS offices
05 April 2006 13:52
Around 50 FÃS employees picketed outside the agency's head quarters on Dublin's Baggot Street this morning.
They are against the Government's plans to decentralise the agency to Birr, Co Offaly.
Pickets were also placed at three other Dublin offices in Clyde Road, South Circular Road and Peter Street. Pickets were to remain at the four offices until 11am this morning.
Yesterday, ten hours of talks at the Labour Relations Commission failed to resolve the row.
It is understood that while a management proposal to resume talks was acceptable to the union, it was subsequently withdrawn and redrafted.
The new draft which would have required the union to accept decentralisation in principle was said to be a 'bridge too far' for staff.
Only a small minority of the 400 staff at FÃS have agreed to decentralise to Birr.
250 staff who are members of SIPTU voted to take action after management said promotions would be linked to being prepared to relocate to Birr.
SIPTU said it was the first of a series of stoppages over decentralisation.
Call for decentralisation review as Ahern admits difficulties
Saturday, 13th May, 2006
Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte has called for a review of the Government's decentralisation plan after the Taoiseach admitted it was facing serious difficulties.
The plan, which would see 10,600 civil and public servants being moved from Dublin to over 50 locations around the country, has met with opposition from unions. Staff in FAS have been staging industrial action over what they claim is pressure being put on them to move.
Bertie Ahern admitted in an interview published today that the Government's deadline for decentralisation looked increasingly unlikely to be met. "We might have taken too much on in one go," he said. "We put ourselves in too tight a timeframe."
Mr Rabbitte said today Mr Ahern's comments proved that it was the "beginning of the end" for the plan, which was devised by former Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy in December 2003. "It was not thought out, poorly planned and incapable of being implemented on the scale and in the timeframe proposed."
He added: "The Taoiseach should now be honest with those locations which have been promised relocated agencies or Departments and which he knows is not going to happen."
The Labour leader called on Mr Ahern to engage in an all-party review to agree "a properly planned programme of decentralisation based on the national spatial strategy".
Siptu wants State agencies removed from the decentralisation plan. The union will hold a protest next week outside the offices of Minister of State at the Department of Finance Tom Parlon, who is responsible for implementing the project.
The Impact union, which represents 1,200 civil servants and state agency staff earmarked for relocation, warned last week it was planning a lobbying campaign for the next General Election as dissatisfaction with decentralisation was a major issue for Dublin voters.
Decentralisation is problematic says Ahern
13 May 2006 13:42
The Taoiseach has conceded that the Government may have taken too much on in one go with regard to its decentralisation plan.
In an interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Ahern said many civil and public servants wanted to move, but that the sizeable logistics involved were causing difficulties.
He was commenting on the plan to move more than 10,600 civil servants to 50 locations outside Dublin.
There have been continuing calls from civil service unions for the policy to be re-examined.
The Labour party leader Pat Rabbitte has called for a review of the government's plans. He said the Taoiseach's comments were an admission that decentralisation cannot work.
a boyle wrote: really thomond...
parlon is on record as stating that he has 10600 people signed up to move, while seeking 10000.
a boyle wrote: With the country so small there is no reason why the headquarters of many goverment function can't be placed in different parts of the country. For goodness sake , france germany and america are hugely decentralised.
a boyle wrote: or the tourism boar was in galway. How often do the tourism boards actually meet face to face with others groups ? it only takes two hour to cross the country for goodness sake !!!
a boyle wrote: Bertie admitted problems as he is only to happy to heap s**t on all three pd ministers (fairly/or not , depending on your opinion) Parlon has had this decentralisation thing for just long enough that he is now seen as 'owning' the issue/problem
This is a political discussion not appropriate to this website. thumbs down to you .thumbs down.