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Decentralisation of civil service jobs to Fermanagh a very welcome endeavour.

Published: 19 February, 2016

Seán Lynch MLA welcomed the decentralisation of civil service jobs to Fermanagh after Minister Michelle O'Neill visited Fermanagh yesterday to officially open the Forest Service's new headquarters in Enniskillen.

Mr Lynch stated:

"This is great news for the West and for Co. Fermanagh, not only for the boosting of the local rural community but as part of the bigger scheme for the decentralisation of civil service jobs.

"This move to Inishkeen House in Enniskillen shall see over fifty Forest Service positions being based here, an area that lays claim to one third of all forests, thirty of which are public forests.

"In fact Minister O'Neill indicated that this particular relocation has already brought 39 additional jobs to Fermanagh.

"The Forest Service headquarters move to Enniskillen follows on from the relocation of the Fisheries HQ to Downpatrick with good progress being made on plans to move the Rivers Agency to Cookstown and the development of the Departments HQ at the former Ballykelly site.

"The advantages of decentralisation of civil service jobs goes without saying. Recent surveys, most notably a staff survey carried out by NICS illustrated a strong appetite for positions outside of Belfast and its surrounding area.

"It shall enable our local constituents to work locally, live locally, spend locally and enhance and improve their work life balance.

"This clearly illustrates the DARD Minister fulfilling yet another commitment and promise and once again delivering for the rural people and, indeed, the people of Fermanagh"