“Petition for Full Reopening of Castlepollard Social Welfare Office Gaining Traction Locally” – Laura O’Neill
Aontú Representative for Westmeath, Laura O’Neill, has called on the people of Westmeath to support Aontú’s campaign to re-open the Castlepollard social welfare office
Speaking today, Ms O’Neill said: “It so important that we reopen the welfare office in Castlepollard, it is an essential service to the area. By limiting access to the welfare office, it’s inconveniencing the most vulnerable in our community”
Laura O’Neill continued “I’ve heard amazing stories about the centre from the community. One individual told me that the lady in the welfare office was the only one who ever helped her. This individual also highlighted that without the office she’d have struggled to fill out forms, due to her disability. The Castlepollard office had a wide catchment area. Closing the office with no notice, when so many people depended on it, is shameful and has left many people in limbo”.
“We’ve had a huge response to our petition over the past week. The government cannot be allowed to continue to strip regional and rural Ireland of its essential services. The Aontú team in Westmeath, along with Meath West TD and Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín, are committed to fighting and campaigning for the re-opening of a full-time social welfare office in Castlepollard, and we’ll be hitting the doors in Westmeath in the coming days and weeks looking for more signatures on our petition", concluded Ms O’Neill.
Members of the public are invited to sign the petition in the Aontú Office on Main Street, Delvin, which is open every weekday from 9am until 1pm.