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186 Dept staff take the package

The Department of Agriculture lost 186 staff under the early retirement package that was agreed as part of the Croke Park deal.

A spokesman for the Department said those opting for early retirement came from various grades and sections and he refused to say if any of Kildare Street's leading lights were among the departed.

Following the latest exodus, total Department staff have dropped to 3,340. At its height, the Department employed more than 4,000.

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