Western Rail Corridor and
Mayo decentralisation on track
Press Release by Beverley
Flynn TD 16th July 2008
The decentralisation of the Department of Community,
Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to Charlestown is secure and
funding for the Western Rail Corridor is on track according
to Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn, who received
assurances from the Minister for Community, Rural and
Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr Eamon O'Cuiv, at a meeting of the
Swinford Comhairle Ceantair on Monday that both projects are
secure and unaffected by the adjustments in Government
spending announced last week.
Deputy Flynn said she is also confident that the planned
decentralisation of the Office of Public Works to
Claremorris will also proceed as planned.
Deputy Flynn said:"Minister O'Cuiv told me that he is
confident that the decentralisation of his Department to
Charlestown is secure. The move is already so far
progressed, with 101 of 170 civil servants based in
temporary accommodation in Tubbercurry, that it is not an
"Terms have been agreed for a suitable 4.89 acre site and
the contract for the site is currently being processed by
the Chief State Solicitors Office."
"Similarly a site has been purchased in Claremorris and
35 staff are already in temporary accommodation. No
contracts have been signed for the building as yet, but I am
hopeful that this project will progress as planned
"The Government is currently awaiting reports from the
Decentralisation Implementation Group and the Implementation
Group of Secretaries General and once that is received it
will be know what projects are going to progress and at what
"Minister O'Cuiv also told me that works on the Western
Rail Corridor will continue as planned, with completion due
in 2014 for the Tuam to Claremorris section," she said.
"While it is important that the Government takes
corrective action on planned spending in accordance with the
slowdown in the economy, if projects have to be cut back, I
would not like to see projects on the west coast suffer
while projects on the east coast move ahead."
"Any change in capital programmes should be made on a
strategic basis so that the economy of the entire country
can continue to grow," she said.