Jim Blighe,Chairperson of the North Leinster Citizens Information Service CLG
The official opening of the new Newbridge Citizens Information Centre office on Cutlery Road takes place today.
Kildare TD and Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl will officially open the new building at 1.30pm. Also in attendance will be Grainne Griffin, Senior Manager with the Citizens Information Board; James Blighe, Chairperson of the North Leinster Citizens Information Service CLG; Noel O’Connor, Regional Manager North Leinster Citizens Information Service CLG; elected representatives, staff and volunteers of the Newbridge office.
Joan O’Connor, Development Manager for South Kildare said; “Our new premises in Newbridge affords us the opportunity to further extend the service we offer to the people of Newbridge and beyond. This stand-alone centre with a walk in reception, three interview room, a dedicated advocacy office and board room allows us to deliver a quality service to all. We are very grateful for the support of the Citizens Information Board and the North Leinster Citizens information Service CLG in supporting this project.”
The first Citizens Information Office was opened in Newbridge in 1976 and the service has developed and expanded in it’s over forty years of existence.
Thousands of people have been supported with a free and confidential information, advice and advocacy service across the full range of state services and entitlements.
In 2017 11,947 queries were dealt with and all the signs are that this number will significantly increase by the end of the year.
A Free Legal Advice Clinic (FLAC) and a CAVA (Chartered Accountants Voluntary Advice) service are also available in the Newbridge office.
Essential to this is the website provided by the Citizens Information Board – www.citizensinformation.ie and the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. These services are fully funded by the Citizens Information Board.