Fianna Fáil Deputy Declan Breathnach said last week that he has received confirmation in writing from the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar that the Community Welfare Office in Ardee will continue to operate on the same basis as it has for the last number of years.
The clinic is open two mornings per week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12 noon.
There had been some confusion over the future of the Ardee office but Deputy Breathnach said he has now been told that the Department of Social Protection continues to keep all of its services under review in light of available resources to ensure that a quality service is delivered to their customers.
Deputy Breathnach also received written confirmation of the relocation of the Ballsgrove Community Welfare clinic in Drogheda.
The clinic will relocate to the department’s main Intreo Centre on Custom House Quay in Drogheda with effect from 5 September.
He has been told that the community welfare clinic will open four mornings per week in the Intreo Centre as opposed to two mornings per week currently in Ballsgrove which will provide a greater level of flexibility to clients assessing the service.
He has also been informed by the Drogheda Area Manager that if, due to incapacity or for any other legitimate reason, a person cannot access the clinic, a Community Welfare Officer will be available to carry out a home visit, as has always been the case.
Deputy Breathnach had said that the Community Welfare Office in Ardee could not be allowed to close and he would do everything to see it remained open.