Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

12th April, 2018

Breathnach furious over the closure of the Civil Registration Service Office in Dundalk

– It is unacceptable that new parents, and grieving families have to travel a huge distance to the Drogheda office for this vital service –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has said that it is unacceptable that the Civil Registration Service Office in Dundalk has closed, leaving the Drogheda Office as the only option available now for this vital service.

“Dundalk is a highly populated town and a convenient location to serve all of North Louth, including Carlingford and Omeath. It is unacceptable for people from the north of the county to have to travel over 60km to Drogheda to avail of what is a vital and necessary service.

“The office was closed on Monday of this week without any prior notice. The HSE are saying that the closure is temporary, however, when I contacted the Civil Registration Service in Drogheda this morning, staff could not say when the Dundalk Office will re-open, and I was told that they don’t know themselves.

“For new parents wishing to register the birth of their child, and also for grieving families wishing to obtain a death certificate, it is unacceptable and extremely inconvenient for them to have to travel to the Haymarket Health Centre in Drogheda, where the service has relocated to. The office also deals with the registration of marriages and civil partnerships and officiates at Civil Marriage and Civil Partnerships.

“I will be asking the HSE to have the office in Dundalk reopened without delay”, concluded Breathnach.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie