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Decentralization derailed?

The master plan, for the master race-The Soldiers of Destiny. 

(It's still being cobbled together on the back of a cigarette packet...)

1: Ask existing  staff to move to Kildare,killybegs,Kerry or wherever.
2: If they don't want to go, offer the  jobs to people working in any department who will go, subject to an 'aptitude test'.
3: If that doesn't work, advertise the jobs on the market looking for experienced graduates and offering salaries at the average industrial wage rate.
4: If that doesn't work, offer promotions to existing  staff. Worth around €5/week after taxes.

Approximately 10% of existing staff  in most departments have stated that they might be interested in leaving Dublin

Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan said she regretted the loss of 560 jobs,( in 2005),and the decision of Hospira Ireland to relocate from Donegal, to the Dominican republic where manufacturing costs were affordable

"I will be pressing for the Government's decentralisation plans for Donegal town to be fast-tracked in order to address quickly what is a serious blow to the town," the Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal South West said.

Minister of State at the Department of the Marine Pat the Cope Gallagher said the State's Development Agencies are being mobilised to provide support to the workers and assist them in finding alternative employment.

A statement from the company said that the combination of excess manufacturing capacity within Hospira and the high cost of manufacturing in Ireland had greatly influenced the decision.

A recent survey by the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) said business costs over the last three years increased by 30 per cent - almost three times the rate of inflation.

ISME today said the cost of doing business in Ireland is acting as a major obstacle to business security and adversely affecting profit levels of many companies. "It is no coincidence that 30,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last three years alone," it said.

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding warned the Hospira announcement, coming fast on the heels of the closure of Donegal Parian China, is going to leave a huge economic void in the South Donegal area. "The estimated cost to the local economy would be in the region of €35 million."

Fine Gael Donegal South West TD Dinny McGinley described the closure as "an economic and industrial bombshell for the entire region."

Mr McGinley called on the Government to intervene and "retrieve something out of the impending shambles which, if not avoided, will leave south Donegal an industrial wasteland".

The Green Party described the Government response to the job losses as "fatuous". Green Party Finance spokesman Dan Boyle said Ms Coughlan's suggestion that the Government's should speed up decentralisation "only goes to show the poverty of Government thinking in this area, the lack of any real regional policy and a seeming indifference to protecting or enhancing manufacturing industry in this country."

January 2006; A DUBLIN businessman has written to the Minister for Transport Martin Cullen, the Health and Safety Authority and the Railway Inspectorate about what he claims was the "filthy, unsafe, unsanitary and uncomfortable" condition of a mainline train last weekend.

But a spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann said that while they accepted trains could be crowded, especially at the weekend, the issue was one of comfort rather than safety.

They could not comment on the particular complaint and they had not yet received an correspondence, but they promised that the situation would improve in 2007/2008 when 120 new carriages would add comfort and allow greater frequency on inter-city routes - such as the one complained of.

Mr Owen Patten told the Sunday Independent that when he boarded the 2.25pm train from Westport to Dublin on Sunday last it was half full, but by the time it reached Ballyhaunis it was full.

"At Ballyhaunis, Claremorris and Roscommon, more and more passengers boarded, with the result that every gangway, every available space was filled with people and their luggage - even the spaces between the carriages," he said.

"Exit doors were blocked and the two toilets in the vicinity of where I was siting - carriage number 5223 - were locked and out of order. If there was any kind of emergency either on the track or in the train, I doubt if the rescue services would have been able to get to work very quickly.

"I talked to the ticket collector and he told me he had only got on at Castlereagh and couldn't do anything about it. At this stage I had given up my seat to an elderly nun who looked very frail," he added.

Mr Patten said that conditions were so bad that he and about 20 other passengers decided to get off the train at Athlone. "Some soldiers in uniform had to help a few elderly ladies off the train. We waited for the best part of an hour for the Galway train which was half full before we could continue to Dublin.

"I did asked to speak to the station master, but was told she was not available."

Mr Patten says he had a similar experience almost exactly a year ago so when he got home he rang some friends in Castlebar and Westport to ask them if there had been some special occasion that might have caused overcrowding.

"I was told there was nothing special, that this was a regular occurrence."