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Coleraine DVLA office still under threat of closure

18 July, 2013 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said that he is concerned that Coleraine DVLA office is still under threat of closure after the announcement by the British Government of a consultation on the future of vehicle licencing.

 Mr. Ó hOisín said,

“Despite assurances from former Environment Minister Alex Attwood that the 300 jobs at Coleraine DVLA office had been secured closure is clearly an option in latest British Government consultation paper.

“It states ‘If the delivery of NI registration and licensing services is centralised at Swansea to enable the service improvements outlined above, these DVL staff would no longer be needed for this work.  It is likely that the local offices within NI would close and there would be significant impact on the DVA centre in Coleraine’.

 “This would be a massive blow to the entire Coleraine area as well as seeing job losses in other offices across the North.  I am calling on the new Minister Mark H Durkan to take a more proactive approach to secure these jobs.

 “The people employed in these offices need to be told the truth about their future and the Department needs to act now to save these jobs.

 “I would appeal to people to reply to the consultation in order to maintain these jobs in the North as we clearly have a different system to that in Britain especially given the fact that many licences are now requested through the medium of Irish”



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