Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (335)

Willie O'Dea


335. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection her plans regarding the establishment of 62 social welfare offices around the country; in view of the fact that there are in place a network of offices in most towns, if it is her intention to duplicate those offices; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12822/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

As the Deputy will be aware the Pathways to Work document states that the introduction of the new Intreo service is a multi-annual project. The first ten Intreo offices went live in 2012. These first ten offices were Sligo, Arklow, Tallaght, Kings Inns, Ballymun, Buncrana, Coolock, Dundalk, Finglas and Killarney.

The Intreo Services will be rolled out to all of the Department’s existing Local Offices by the end of 2014.

The Department is currently considering how the Intreo Service can best be applied in the situation where a location is serviced by a Branch Office. This consideration will include discussion with Branch Managers, as appropriate.