A BLACK DAY FOR BALLYBAY – RELOCATION OF DEPT OFFICE TO MONAGHAN CONFIRMED SAYS COLR COYLE

15 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“A black day for Ballybay” was how Fianna Fáil member of Monaghan Co Council Seamus Coyle described to The Northern Standard on Tuesday confirmation he said he had received from Government Dept sources that the Dept of Social Protection office in Ballybay would be relocated to Monaghan Town in late March or early April.

Colr Coyle has been to the vanguard of a concerted campaign waged at Co Council and Ballybay-Clones Municipal District level to retain the office facility and its 30+ jobs in the town since its transfer was first mooted around 18 months ago.

The issue resurfaced at Monday’s meeting of the Co Council when Colr Coyle successfully proposed that a commitment to sought from Cavan-Monaghan Fine Gael Dáil Deputies Heather Humphreys and Joe O’Reilly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the FG party at local and national level to retain the office and its jobs in Ballybay.

Colr Coyle said on Tuesday that the relocation would create a vacant premises in the town which, because of the functionality of its design, he had doubts would ever be reoccupied in a manner that would supply employment.

“This is a huge blow to the commercial life of Ballybay and its business community,” he stated. “It is also …

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