Noel Coonan TD has moved to allay concerns over the transfer of staff from Tipperary Veterinary Office to the Garda Vetting Unit by saying that a frontline presence will remain in the local DVO including a counter service and “the office will be open for business.”
“I contacted Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney seeking clarification about future staffing at the DVO and I also expressed the concerns of Tipperary farmers who are understandably anxious about the issue. In response, Minister Coveney issued me with the following reply:
“The Department is currently reviewing the administrative support for its 16 District Veterinary Office and, in particular, the centralisation of this support in one or more centralised office(s). Centralising administrative procedures would enable the Department to reduce the number of administrative staff it requires to support District Veterinary Office operations and reduce the cost of providing its services. The administrative functions for Cork have been recently centralised in Cork city and the administrative functions in the Limerick DVO will shortly be transferred to Naas.
The centralisation of administrative functions in other regional offices will be considered in light of the availability of opportunities to redeploy the staff concerned to support other critical public services.
There are no plans to transfer the veterinary service out of the Tipperary office or to close the office, which will continue to be available to the public. Adminstrative staff are moving to the Garda Vetting Unit in Tipperary town but a full frontline presence will be maintained in the local Tipperary DVO including a counter service – the office will be open for business.”