6 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A strong delegation comprising Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD and Government Minister Heather Humphreys, fellow Oireachtas members and local authority representatives yesterday (Wednesday) morning brought the need for employment and economic assistance measures in Ballybay directly to the desk of Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.

The transfer of an office function of the Minister’s Department out of Ballybay and into Monaghan Town was interpreted as a severe blow for the local economy.
Subsequent moves at Ballybay-Clones Municipal District and Monaghan Co Council level to secure an Intreo employment services office for the town as recompense for the employment and revenue lost received an initially negative response from Minister Varadkar, who stated in correspondence to the local authority and in reply to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith that his Dept had no plans at present to locate such an office in Co Monaghan (which is one of only a handful of Irish counties which does not have an Intreo facility).

However, yesterday’s reception by Minister Varadkar of a heavy-hitting local delegation anxious to make the case for support measures for Ballybay will be seen as something of a breakthrough in lobbying efforts….

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