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Written Answers - Citizens Information Services

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 271.  Deputy Dominic Hannigan Information on Dominic Hannigan Zoom on Dominic Hannigan  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  when the Citizens Information Office in Dunboyne, County Meath, will reopen; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23659/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton Meath Citizens Information Service (CIS) is funded through the Citizens Information Board to provide information, advice and advocacy to the citizens of Co. Meath. There are three full-time offices based in Navan, Trim and Ashbourne. Over several years, outreach services have been offered in various locations in the county, including Dunshaughlin, Dunboyne, Summerhill, Laytown/Bettystown, Oldtown and Kells.

In March of this year, a decision was made by the Board of Meath CIS to suspend the Dunboyne outreach service which was provided on a 3 hours per week basis in the Rehab Care [401]Centre. The decision was made on the basis of quantitive data which indicated a low level of users in previous years, the availability of full time centres in nearby locations and the most efficient deployment of resources in the county as a whole.

CIS will continue to provide targeted information sessions to local groups and communities where a need has been identified or to meet specific requests.


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