Brady emphasises importance of Jobs and Benefits Office in Crossmaglen

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Sinn Féin MLAs Mickey Brady, Megan Fearon and Conor Murphy MP held a meeting with Tommy O’Reilly, Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency in the assembly on Monday, in relation to the closure of the Jobs and Benefits Office in Crossmaglen.

Brady spoke to Newry Times after the meeting and said he emphasised the importance of the service the Jobs and Benefits Office provides to residents.

“Many people avail of this facility and closure would cause them further stress. I also explained the lack of public transport available to people in the area and that it would be difficult for them to travel to Newry as bus services only go at limited times.

“Due to the ever increasing claimants, the closure of this office is going to impact on the Newry office. This will result in an already stretched SSA staff having to deal with even more people.

Brady added, “Mr O’Reilly informed us that the rationale for closure is that there will be a new up-to-date phone service put in place, we requested that this new service be monitored.

“They agreed to both monitor the new phone service and to keep the office open for an additional two months; they maintained that there would be other advice services made available.”

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