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Minister Wallace welcomes relocation of Department Offices

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Wallace TD, today warmly welcomed the relocation of her Department's Navan offices to their new location at Athlumney, Kilcairn, Navan.

Minister Wallace said that the new offices were welcome not alone to the Department's staff but also to their clients throughout the country. The Minister said that staff were entitled to an appropriate working environment and the Department's clients were equally entitled to conditions in which they could conduct their business effectively and confidentially.

Ms Wallace said that, after the disruption of the past year or so, during which most of the staff had to relocate to temporary offices in Trim, the opening of the new offices at Athlumney was particularly welcome.

Minister Wallace paid tribute to the professionalism and diligence of the staff in the Navan office who, she said, had "provided a constantly high standard of service to the farming community of Co Meath for decades".

The Minister said that the staff of the local offices were often the first point of contact that farmers, often in difficult circumstances, had with her Department and they provided a vital link to the local agricultural community. Ms Wallace also praised the patience of the staff who had continued to provide a professional service notwithstanding the disruption of the past year or so.

Finally, the Minister wished all those working in the new offices and the farmers of Co Meath well and said that she hoped that the new working conditions would further help to foster continued cooperation and partnership between her Department and the farmers of Co Meath.

31 October 2007

Date Released: 31 October 2007