Speculation that Tullamore Department of Agriculture office to close ‘entirely unfounded’

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

Laois/Offaly TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has described as ‘entirely unfounded’ speculation that the Department of Argiculture is to close its office in Tullamore

Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has described as ‘entirely unfounded’ speculation that the Department of Argiculture is to close its office in Tullamore

Earlier this week, Laois/Offaly Fianna Fail TD Barry Cowen sought clarity on reports that the Government was reportedly shutting down the office. Deputy Cowen claimed that staff at the regional office in Tullamore had been told that the facility wass being closed. (For more click here)

Following that speculation, Deputy Corcoran Kennedy says she contacted the Department to seek clarity on the issue and she noted that the Department of Agriculture ‘stated unequivocally’ that the offices are to remain open.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy outlined how the administrative functions currently undertaken at the office are being transferred to the Cavan office but the Department’s vets, inspectors and technical officers will remain in place.

She added that frontline services will be fully maintained and public access for all of the Department’s stakeholders will continue to be available at the Tullamore Office.

“Deputy Barry Cowen took the opportunity to scaremonger the local farming community saying that the Department offices were to close entirely. It is clear that the frontline services currently provided at the office will remain. Speculation that the offices are to close is entirely unfounded and the statement issued by Deputy Cowen was entirely self-serving,” Deputy Corcoran Kennedy concluded.