Finneran in appeal to Cowen on 230-job move Paul Healy Roscommon/South Leitrim Fianna Fáil TD, Michael Finneran is to meet Finance Minister Brian Cowen after Easter to seek the necessary funding to allow the Roscommon Government Offices to go to the Preferred Tenderer and construction. The OPW has now completed an evaluation of tenders received for construction of new offices for 230 staff of the Property Registration Authority (formerly known as the Land Registry). The new building in Roscommon town is to be approximately 55,000 sq. feet in size at an estimated cost of €12 million. Deputy Finneran issued a progress report on the project this week, in the course of which he hit out at Fine Gael’s position on decentralisation. Speaking on Wednesday of the Government’s record, he said: ‘Our decentralisation projects have proven to be a huge success in my constituency of Roscommon/South Leitrim. We have seen the creation of local employment and a significant improvement in the quality of life for many people in the area. ‘It is difficult to understand why Fine Gael and Labour have constantly been opposed to decentralisation from the start, considering how effective it has been throughout the country. Fine Gael has continuously raised the issue at the Finance Committee meetings and Enda Kenny even called for a total review of the decentralisation programme during the last General Election campaign. ‘It is important that we continue to build on the progress made with decentralisation. I will personally be pushing for the necessary sanction from the Department of Finance to ensure the construction work commences as soon as possible,’ said Deputy Finneran.