Rather than transferring to the Property Registration Authority’s €11.5 million Roscommon HQ, the 84 PRA staff currently located in the Setanta Centre in Dublin look set to continue in rented office space once their lease expires next year; a decision which could cost the taxpayer just under 1 million euro in future rent.
Local TD Denis Naughten has deemed the move “emblematic of the mismanagement that is going on right across the public service at the moment”.
Naughten went on to explain; “despite the building’s capacity for 230 staff, only 77 have been transferred to the custom built Roscommon headquarters, leaving the building two thirds empty. In light of this, the suggestion that they would instead transfer from the Setanta Centre to another rented space is frankly infuriating.”
“Considering the facilities available in the Roscommon HQ, a full transfer would be a win-win for both the exchequer and for the PRA itself”, concluded Denis Naughten.