O’Leary welcomes Swords Intreo unit

by Staff Reporter

PLANS for an Intreo office for Swords have this week been welcomed by local councillor Tom O’Leary (FG).
The Intreo office, which will assist unemployed people in the area in accessing services and return-to-work options and training, is being proposed by the Department of Social Protection.
In welcoming the proposed plans, Cllr O’Leary said the service would be a “one-stop shop” for jobseekers in north Dublin.
A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection declined to comment on details such as the possible location of the office or the cost of development in Swords.
However, Cllr O’Leary said he believes the facilities would be in a town centre location, just off the main street
He said: “It would be accessible to public transport and car parking nearby. The facility will be located over three floors, including a public office on the ground floor.
“This is part of a nationwide plan to open Intreo offices nationwide, helping to provide services for jobseekers and employers in order to tackle the rate of unemployment in Ireland along with other Government enterprise support policies.
“There are also extensive training rooms in the proposed plans for this centre, which is very welcome,” he said.
The spokesperson for the Department did confirm that the Office of Public Works are at an advanced stage of negotiations with a potential landlord in Swords, but said that as the matter was not fully concluded, it would not be appropriate to comment on details.
The spokesperson went on to say that Intreo brings together the services and supports previously provided by three distinct State services – the Department of Social Protection, the Community Welfare Service, and the training agency, FAS.
“The integration of the three services will lead to greater efficiencies and will provide a better service for the Department’s customers,” said the spokesperson.

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