The Department of Social and Family Affairs have introduced special arrangements for payments by cheque during the duration of the current dispute at An Post.
Mary Coughlan, Minister for Social and Family Affairs, said today: "I would like to reassure our customers that arrangements have been put in place to ensure delivery of their payment cheques and I hope to see a speedy resolution of this dispute."
Cheques for customers outside the affected areas will be delivered as normal.
Cheque collection centres have been set up at Social Welfare Local Offices in affected areas where all Social Welfare cheques, including Supplementary Welfare Allowance cheques, can be collected. Customers should attend the appropriate centre on the day FOLLOWING their normal payment day and should bring photo ID and their Personal Public Service Number number.
Customers who normally collect their payment at their local post office, or have their payment lodged to a Bank/Building Society account will continue to receive their payment as normal. Customers can also leave in their Medical Certificates, Disability Claim Forms and Injury Benefit Claim Forms to the collection centres.
Out of an average of 1.6 million social welfare payments, 180,000 would be cheque payments
ENDS March 22nd 2004
Details of the collection centres:
Postal District, - Local Office
Dublin 1 & 3, - North Cumberland Street
Dublin 2 & 4, - Apollo House, Tara Street
Dublin 5 & 13, - Kilbarrack-Greendale Shopping Cntr
Dublin 6, 6W & 12, - Bishops Square, Redmond’s Hill
Dublin 7, - Navan Road
Dublin 8, - Thomas Street
Dublin 9, - Ballymun area Ballymun Shopping Centre
Dublin 10 & 20 - Ballyfermot, - Rossmore Avenue
Dublin 11 Ballymun area, - Ballymun Shopping Centre
Dublin 11 Remainder Finglas, - Mellowes Road
Dublin 14 & 16 Rathfarnham, - Nutgrove Shopping Cntr
Dublin 15 Blanchardstown, - Westend Retail Park
Dublin 17 Coolock, - Northside Civic Centre
Dublin 18 & South Co Dublin Dun Laoghaire, - Cumberland Street
Dublin 22 & Lucan, - Clondalkin, 9th Lock Road
Dublin 24 Tallaght, - The Square
Balbriggan/Donabate, - Balbriggan, Railway Street
Tuam, - Church View
Kells, - Bective Square
Navan,- Kennedy Road
Trim, - Haggard Street
Ardee, - Moore Hall
Drogheda, - Custom House Quay
Dundalk, - Government Buildings, St Alphonsus Road
Castleblaney, - Monaghan Road
Carrickmacross, - Ardee Road
Bray, - The Esplanade
Wicklow, - The Murrough