DEPUTY CONLAN HITS OUT AT ‘BIZARRE’ DEPARTMENT SHIFT FROM BALLYBAY

21 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

IN the wake of increasing community public anger in Ballybay over the decision last year to re-locate the Department of Social Protection offices in the mid-Monaghan town, to another premises in Monaghan town, local Independent Dáil deputy Sean Conlan revealed yesterday that he has called on the government’s Public Accounts Committee, and the Controller and Auditor General, to investigate, what he has termed as, “the bizarre re-location of the Department offices from Ballybay”.

Deputy Conlan, who recently resigned from Fine Gael, stated he has made the call because of the huge concerns aired in Ballybay over the loss of the offices—and jobs in the town .

He said it is imperative for a full investigation to determine what deciding factors were taken into consideration by the Office of Public Works in choosing the proposed new office space.

Deputy Conlan stated that there was absolutely no legitimate reason whatsoever for the removal of the offices from Ballybay and he felt the decision made by the Department of Social Protection and the Office of Public Works “must be called into question”.

Deputy Conlan revealed yesterday that before Christmas he made an Freedom of Information request to An Tanaiste Joan Burton TD Minister for Social Protection in relation to the decision she made to have the offices re-located to….

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