Welfare Officer to remain at Derrinturn

Welfare Officer to remain at Derrinturn

Cllr. Seamus Langan has campaigned to keep the Community Welfare Officer

located at The Health Centre, Derrinturn.

In recent times, local people became aware that this service was in danger of closing and the Welfare Office was going to be moved to a new location.

This week Cllr. Langan told ‘The Leinster Leader’ that he had received the following response from Mr. Alan Carroll, Assistant Principal, Department of Social Protection.

“As I outlined at our recent meeting, a new Divisional Structure was created in the Department of Social Protection in 2012 and this required a realignment of Community Welfare Services in line with the new Divisional boundaries.

A number of areas which were formerly administered for Community Welfare Services from Kildare fell outside the new Mid-Leinster Division (e.g. Maynooth, Leixlip, Celbridge, Kilcock, Derrinturn, Blessington).

In most cases the transition to the new Divisions took place seamlessly with no effect on services to the public.

In the case of Derrinturn, the Divisional boundary divided this Community Welfare district and parts of the area formerly served by Derrinturn are now served from Clane Health Centre.

The service for the remainder of the district is to be provided by the Midlands North Division.

However, due to some considerable reconfiguration of services in that Division this transfer of service has not yet been completed.

In the interim the Mid-Leinster Division has continued to provide the service from Derrinturn Health Centre.

No date has been set for the transfer of the remainder of the Derrinturn service to the Midlands North Division.

In the interim, service will continue as usual.

When the transfer takes place the Midlands North Division will provide Community Welfare Services in the area and I am not aware that any decision

has been made to relocate that service to another location.

As further information comes to hand on this matter, I shall be glad to keep you informed”.


Although motorists continue to experience long delays on the road from Edenderry to Johnstownbridge, they are aware of the huge amount of work that has taken place with the new stretch of roadway.

Temporary traffic lights at various locations along the route are causing delays on a daily basis.

Carbury will be isolated when the new road is completed but perhaps the residents will be happy in the knowledge that they won’t have to endure the noise and the fumes from the huge trucks that pass through day and night.

A new roundabout has been constructed on the Derrinturn side of Carbury

Village and traffic will not be allowed to enter the village at this location.

A new footpath is currently under construction at this point also which will be of great benefit to pedestrians and will make life much easier and safer for all


Warning to people visiting Derrinturn Graveyard

A Carbury gentleman who was visiting a family plot at Derrinturn Graveyard on Sunday week last reported three characters acting very suspiciously.

One of the occupants of a red car got out and tried to conceal himself behind headstones and then crept up to the rear of the gentleman’s car.

When the gentleman was returning to his car, the young man quickly returned to the red car and made their way out of the graveyard.

This gentleman would like to send out a word of warning to everybody visiting Derrinturn Graveyard to be on the alert at all times and to make sure that you lock your car.

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