Wick­low’s Civil Reg­is­tra­tions of­fice to close

BE­ING RE­LO­CATED TO BRAY

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE HSE’S Civil Reg­is­tra­tion Ser­vice (CRS) Of­fice on the Glen­side Road in Wick­low Town is to close down over the com­ing months.

The ser­vices fa­cil­i­tated by the of­fice - such as the pro­vi­sion of birth, death and mar­riage cer­tifi­cates - are to be re­lo­cated to the Health Cen­tre on Bray Main Street. Ac­cord­ing to the HSE, this will al­low for the Civil Reg­is­tra­tion Ser­vice to ‘deliver a com­pre­hen­sive range of ser­vices in a much more user friendly man­ner, with ex­tended open­ing hours and the pro­vi­sion of a ded­i­cated civil cer­e­mony fa­cil­ity.’

How­ever, Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil Jimmy O’Shaugh­nessy was en­thu­si­as­tic about the move, which he be­lieved con­sti­tuted yet an­other blow to em­ploy­ment and ser­vice pro­vi­sion within the town.

‘ This has been in Wick­low Town for years,’ he told the Wick­low People. ‘In the past few years we have also seen clo­sures of the med­i­cal card cen­tre, the court house and the County Wick­low VEC of­fice could go out of the town as well.

‘ These clo­sures have a huge ef­fect on the town - they lead to more job losses and less spend­ing money for the area.

‘ This will have an ef­fect on all the people in County Wick­low who need certs - they could go to Wick­low Town and get prompt ser­vice.

‘We have to ask where are our elected TD’s - where is the voice?

‘ This is be­ing closed by the Min­is­ter for Health and we have three govern­ment TD’s. What are they do­ing about it?’

A date for the clo­sure of the of­fice and sub­se­quent trans­fer of ser­gices to Bray has yet to be con­firmed.

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