Cash bid made by DCAL Minister to deliver City of Culture legacy

DCAL Minister Car�l Ni Chuilin pictured with Culture Company Senior Programmer Martin McLarkey at the 2013 Turner Prize. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.12.13

DCAL Minister Car�l Ni Chuilin pictured with Culture Company Senior Programmer Martin McLarkey at the 2013 Turner Prize. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.12.13

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A decision on additional funding will determine the staffing levels of a new body set up in derry to maximise the impact of the City of Culture year.

The Culture Minister, Caral Ní Chuilín made the revelation as she answered a question on whether she would relocate jobs to Coleraine where 300 posts have been lost.

SDLP MLA John Dallat asked the Minister, in light of the announcement that 300 employees of the Driver and Vehicle Agency will be made redundant in the near future, “whether she will follow the example set by the Minister of the Environment and relocate jobs from within her Department to Coleraine”.

Ms Ní Chuilín replied: “DCAL is a small department with approximately 300 staff and the mix of grades and specialisms of these staff presents limited opportunity to assist in the redeployment of the surplus DVA staff who are mostly Administrative Assistants (AAs) and Administrative officers (AOs).

“I do nevertheless affirm my Department’s support, where possible, in assisting with the redeployment of the DVA staff.

“My officials will continue to work collaboratively with Corporate HR in the Department of Finance and Personnel and other Departments to accommodate surplus staff using NICS vacancy management and staff redeployment processes.

“My Department is also committed to maximising the impact of the City of Culture 2013 year and tackling socio-economic challenges across the North West of Ireland.

“My new North West Office will coordinate this commitment. And I have made a bid to the Executive for additional funding which will determine the level of staffing for this office,” the Minister told Mr Dallat.