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Originally published by RTE Interactive
O’Dea restates commitment to decentralisation

27 July 2004 10:04
The Junior Minister in the Department of Justice, Willie O’Dea, has restated the Government’s commitment to decentralisation of the civil service. However, he stressed that it could only proceed with consensus.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio, Mr O’Dea said the three-year time scale for implementation, outlined on Budget day, was a general guideline.

He added that people could not be forcibly decentralised just to meet some sort of artificial time scale.

He said there would be a better idea of when it would happen when the implementation report was published in a few weeks’ time.

So the steamroller approach has finally been dropped and climb down Willy has been put on the case.

Graham as for the early 19th Century you could be right about it being a lesser period of growth than the late 18th century.

A lot of the areas directly outside the canals did grow and the distilling and brewing industires did well no doubt helped by cheap grain imports from North America.

It is probably at this point that America became the focus of attention as against the UK.

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