Donegal government staff may strike over redeployement

Staff at a Donegal based government department have threatened to go on strike if they are forced to make 90km round trips to work.

Clerical officers at a Department of Agriculture local office have backed plans for industrial action after being told they will be redeployed to work in offices miles from their base in Raphoe.

The department decided the staff, who work at its Raphoe office, are "surplus" to requirements and should move to offices in Donegal town, Buncrana and Letterkenny.

But the staff, who provide veterinary and other services to the farming community, have voted 100pc in favour of industrial action if they are forced to move, claiming they do not have transport to get to the offices.

This is despite the fact that the Croke Park deal rules out industrial action and allows staff to be moved up to 45km radius of their workplace or home address.