Revenue Office must Remain Open to Public – Adams
Louth TD Gerry Adams has said that Louth Revenue Office, based in the Millennium Centre, Dundalk must remain open to the public.
The Sinn Féin President has said that he has queried the status of the local office with the Minister for Finance having received information from constituents that it is to close to the public from 2nd September.
Gerry Adams said;
"I have submitted a parliamentary question to the Finance Minister this morning to query whether the Dundalk based Revenue office is to be closed to members of the public from 2nd September.
"I know that the walk in service at this office is extremely well utilised by members of the public and I am calling on Michael Noonan to ensure it remains open.
"A wide range of queries are dealt with by the staff at the walk in service, which currently operates between 9.30am - 1.00pm Monday to Friday. People present for assistance with issues such as changes in circumstances, queries regarding PAYE, self employment, vehicle registration, tax credits, property tax and for help with numerous other matters.
"Any change in operations at this centre which reduce accessibility will disproportionately affect older people and those who are not comfortable with carrying out transactions online. Many people are reluctant to put their private, financial information online and this should be respected.
"I'm aware that Monaghan Revenue Office ceased public opening a number of weeks ago and anecdotal evidence suggests that this has resulted in even greater volumes of people presenting at Dundalk. To gain some clarity around numbers of people using the Dundalk service I have also queried this with the Finance Minister."
Commenting on the repercussions of a potential closure to the public Gerry Adams said,
"There would be an obvious immediate negative impact on people's ability to access information and assistance. Furthermore, any reduction in services could have an impact on Revenue staff and their longer term work circumstances."