The Taoiseach says civil servants who wish to remain in Dublin will be able to apply to do so under government decentralisation.

Speaking at the turning of the sod on a new clubhouse for Beggsboro football club in Cabra, the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern told reporters this had always been Government policy and denied any climb down on the issue.

There's no climbdown whatever on decentralisation. We announced a process, we're following through on that process and we'll continue to correct people that endeavour to say that we didn't say all of this at the start.

The Taoiseach also welcomed the findings of an opinion poll that predicted that the citizenship referendum would be carried. Meanwhile, Patricia McKenna of the Green Party has urged those in doubt to vote No. 

As the European election campaign continues, the Labour party launched an analysis of the new draft European constitution. Labour MEP Proinsias De Ross admitted that he faced a battle to retain his seat. 

A number of independent candidates running in the European elections staged a protest claiming that they were being ignored by the national media. Independent candidate Seanán Ó Coistín claims they are not getting their fair share of publicity. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 June 2004. The reporter is Gareth O'Connor.