Saturday 24 February 2018

Bus trip to Trim defies all logic

EVERY morning at 8 o'clock, a bus leaves Dublin Castle carrying 16 Office of Public Works staff on the one-hour journey to Trim. At 5pm it takes them back to the capital.

The passengers are civil servants who have been "decentralised" to Trim but who do not want to live there. They are not alone in this preference. The OPW still has a Dublin office in a highly convenient location, St Stephen's Green, and many of the staff do not wish to move.

The new headquarters in Trim cost €37.5m. A waste of money? Not at all, says the OPW. The bus actually saves the taxpayers money which would otherwise have to be paid on staff travel. It also saves on courier firms because it can carry equipment, documents and files, as well as people to provide advice and support to Transport Minister Noel Dempsey, who lives in Trim.

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