The Department of Social Protection insists that there are no plans to re-centralise any jobs from Sligo to Dublin.
It follows concerns raised by Fianna Fail Deputy Marc MacSharry before Christmas that 32 positions at the information centre of the department’s office in Sligo are to move to Dublin.
Following a query from Ocean FM News the Department has defended any claims that jobs are moving back to Dublin from Sligo.
In a statement it says over the next six months 25 staff in Sligo in the information section will transition to new roles while within the same office.
It says that Sligo is their preferred location of employment.
The Department denies any staff are being transferred to another office saying that staff numbers are in fact rising with an increase of 25 staff over the past two years.
Sligo was the first location within the Department selected for decentralisation before seven other offices were decentralised to Letterkenny, Buncrana, Roscommon, Longford, Dundalk, Waterford and Monaghan.
However, Department MacSharry says that he still has concerns: