Govt accused of ‘laziness’ on Lucan welfare office opening
By Echo Reporter
A LOCAL TD has accused the government of “laziness” for not delivering on a commitment to provide Lucan and Adamstown with a social welfare office.
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West John Curran says that people in Lucan and Adamstown have been denied a local Social Welfare Office that will service the local communities’ welfare needs and must continue to travel to use Clondalkin’s Intreo Centre.
Deputy Curran said: “Minister Varadkar has confirmed to me in a recent Parliamentary Question that he has no intention of locating an Intreo Centre in the Lucan and Adamstown area.
“This is a very disappointing development for the people of Lucan and Adamstown who must frequently travel to the Clondalkin Centre to sign on and avail of other welfare services.”
He added: “As part of the plan for the roll-out of Intreo Centres, the Lucan/Adamstown area was originally designated by the Department for the provision of Intreo services in Dublin Mid-West, which I welcomed and supported in 2011.
“It is very disappointing to learn that the Department of Social Protection has no intention to follow this planned roll-out because they were unable to find suitable premises.”
Deputy Curran said that the Office of Public Works has been unable to find a suitably sized office in Lucan and Adamstown for an Intreo office.
He added:”I believe the ‘lack of suitably sized offices’ in the Lucan/Adamstown area to be a farcical excuse from Government for the failure to provide the people of Lucan and Adamstown such a basic service.
“It is a matter of urgency that a local Social Welfare Office is provided to service the people of Lucan and Adamstown, this is laziness by Government to not find suitable premises and therefore abandon a vital service for the people of Lucan and Adamstown”.