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160 jobs to go!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

160 jobs to go! thumbnailFresh job losses look set to hit the County Hall, this time in the building’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs section.

COLERAINE is set to lose almost 160 public sector jobs to Ballykelly, Ballymena and Londonderry as part of a major shake-up of frontline services. The news will come as a hammer blow to the local economy, which is still reeling from the transfer of more than 200 Driver and Vehicle Agency roles to Swansea in 2014.
At least 70 posts will be relocated from County Hall in Coleraine to the Department of Agriculture's new headquarters in Ballykelly before the end of the year.
That number is set to grow as The Chronicle understands another 30 agriculture staff in Crown Buildings have been told their jobs are also being transferred.
The process has already started and should be completed by 2020 at the very earliest, with senior managers among the first to take up residence in Ballykelly.
Last June the Agriculture Minister revealed to the Assembly that most staff at DAERA's offices in Dundonald House are not prepared to relocate to the North West.
Those at the head of DAERA are now being accused of panicking in their desperation to fill empty desks at the multi-million pound building on the Shackleton site.

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