The Department of Justice and Equality's decentralisation programme involves the transfer of over 900 posts from agencies and units under the aegis of the Department to seven locations around the country: Longford, Navan, Portarlington, Roscommon, Roscrea, Thurles and Tipperary town. Almost 60 percent of the programme is already complete.
The Garda Central Vetting Unit and the Garda Fixed Charge Processing Unit moved to Thurles in November 2005 and October 2007 respectively, bringing the number of posts moved to the town to over 130. The Property Registration Authority opened an office in Roscommon in September 2006 and now has over 80 staff serving there. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner opened for business in Portarlington in December 2006.
The Irish Prison Service moved 141 posts to Longford in July 2007. The National Property Services Regulatory Authority moved to Navan in December 2007, followed by the Garda Civilian Human Resources Directorate, Probation Service and Coroners Service Implementation Team in early 2008. A move of over 60 posts from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to Tipperary town took place in April 2008.
Anyone wishing to apply for decentralisation should contact the Central Applications Facility.