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Buncrana's bid to attract 120 civil servants 12.11.07

THE drive to attract 120 civil servants to Buncrana is to begin in earnest after contracts were signed to build the long-awaited decentralised offices.
Work is to start soon on the project that will also include a driver testing centre and new state-of-the-art Garda station.
McNamara Construction won the contract and are ready to move on site. The building will be located near Ardaravan Square along the inner relief road of the seaside town.
Cllr. Rena Donaghey said she was delighted the project set to commence.
Her Fianna Fáil colleague, Senator Cecilia Keaveney also welcomed the progress on the development.
"This is very significant news for the peninsula and I know that McNamaras will be anxious to be on site as soon as possible to deliver a state of the art facility."
She admitted that the number of civil servants opting for the move from Dublin and elsewhere to Buncrana were low but she hoped this would change now that the project had moved a step closer to completion.
"I think people initially might have thought it wasn't going to happen and therefore weren't opting for it," she said, adding that there was now a challenge for the peninsula to sell itself.
And she said civil servants should be reassured of their career prospects in Donegal.
"Within the county there are opportunities for career development because there are other social welfare facilities within the county," she added.
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