Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (314)

Joan Collins

Question:

314. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection if the community welfare offices currently in Curlew Road, Limekiln Road and Cashel Road are being moved into Parnell Road; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12585/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

My Department is examining at present ways to make the delivery of the welfare service more efficient in the areas concerned, having regard to available resources, both currently and in the future.

One model of delivery that has been successful in other areas of Dublin is consolidation of smaller offices, with limited opening times and availability, into a central unit in the area that has an expanded range of availability to the public. The Department’s Facilities Management Unit is currently examining options to secure such a premises in the area; including some discussions with the HSE in relation to premises at Cashel Rd.

When clarity is available on this a communications strategy will be put in place, as has happened in other areas, whereby customers, the public, local representatives and other stakeholders are notified well in advance of any change.