The Department of Social Protection has changed its mind on ending the community welfare service in Leixlip, temporarily, at least
Deputy Emmet Stagg has welcomed the confirmation that the Leixlip service will be retained.
There will be a weekly clinic Every Wednesday from 10 am to 12 noon at the Health Centre.
Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy, has also recently expressed concern over the closures of the office in Leixlip.
The Department had decided that from the end of August, there would be no emergency CWO service and s one houra week standard service on Wednesday mornings for September, would end in October. The full service would relocate to Maynooth.
A Department spokesperson said: “The up to date position in relation to the Community Welfare Service in Leixlip is that the Department of Social Protection is proposing to maintain the interim arrangements for the time being. This arrangement is subject to on-going assessment. Subject to resources a weekly clinic will be held in Leixlip on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 12.00 pm and a phone service will be available outside these hours. The phone number for the service is 087 0683820.
Deputy Stagg said he met with Minister Humphreys and senior Department officials recentlyt and made a strong case to retain the service in Leixlip given the hardship in forcing claimants to go to Maynooth.
The Department then told him that they will now maintain the interim arrangements in Leixlip “for the time being.”
He stressed they would be subject to on-going assessment but said he is pleased for now that the attempts to close the service in Leixlip had been stopped in their tracks,” he said.