BBC News - Union may consider legal action over DARD Ballykelly move
The relocation of DARD to Ballykelly has been challenged by the trade unions.
They ask why such a remote spot has been chosen, whether a business case has been made, and an equality impact assessment has been carried out.
This will delay the decision until after next election.
Comment: the relication of DARD to Ballykelly seems undesirable to me. 800 people work in Dard, many in head office. Relocating to Ballykelly seems a very strange place. Ballykelly really is in the middle of nowhere. How can it be of any benefit to put a large important department in the middle of nowhere? This comes at great inconvenience to workers at DARD and will only increase commuting times as people have to go a long distance to get there to work. Keep it in Belfast. Decentralistion has been tried south of the border, with people from outlying areas asking for things to be moved to them. In practice, it has been a failure as those outlying parts are not convenient get to. Ballykelly is barely even a village, with only a few hundred people living there. Moving a big department there makes no sense. Good to see trade unions standing up for workers interests, and in this case, also the general interest.