28 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A spokesperson from the Department of Social Protection confirmed to The Northern Standard this week that the Department of Social Protection offices in Ballybay will relocate to Teach O’Cleircin, which is situated in Old Cross Square in Monaghan Town.

A meeting in relation to this imminent relocation is set to take place next Monday morning. This meeting, which will take place in the Wetlands Centre in Ballybay, was organised following a call made by Councillor Seamus Coyle at the January meeting of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District last week. Speaking at this meeting, Councillor Coyle proposed that all Cavan-Monaghan TDs and declared General Election candidates would be invited to the meeting “to outline their actions / inaction on this issue.”

The relocation of the offices, which he added was due to happen in late March or early April, would be disastrous for Ballybay said Cllr Coyle and the removal of the 30 associated jobs would also prove detrimental to the town. The Fianna Fáil representative appealed to government representatives to “act even at this stage” for Ballybay.

Cllr Coyle’s proposal was seconded by Sinn Fein’s Cathy Bennett who described the relocation of the offices as a disgrace.

“It is a disgrace that they are moving these offices to Monaghan and leaving the town (Ballybay) bare,” she commented.

Also supporting Cllr Coyle’s proposal that a meeting on the issue should take place, Councillor Pat Treanor said that the effect the removal of the offices from Ballybay would have on the town had been made clear.

“Taking 30 jobs from Ballybay is like taking 1,000 from Dundalk or Drogheda,” said Cllr Treanor.

He added that it was “ironic” that it was the Department of Social Protection who was responsible for the relocation of the offices as it claimed to look after those with jobs.


Comments are closed.