23 March - Social Welfare Payments And The Postal Dispute

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Special arrangements for social welfare payments by cheque during the duration of the current dispute at An Post will continue for the duration of the dispute.

Mary Coughlan, Minister for Social and Family Affairs, said today: "I would encourage customers collecting cheques in my Department’s office to take the opportunity to arrange payment directly to their bank or building society accounts, if at all possible."

"My staff will make forms available to customers at local offices or from the Department's website www.welfare.ie so that they can have their benefits paid into the bank or building society account," added Minister Coughlan.

The facility to have payments made directly to a bank/building society account is available for all payments except Disablement Benefit and Unemployed casual workers.

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 contact the appropriate office for details of collection times.

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.

Details of the collection centres:


Postal District » Local Office

Dublin 1, 3 Swords, Portrane & Donabate » North Cumberland Street

Dublin 2 & 4 » Apollo House - Tara Street

Dublin 5, 13, Howth & Portmarnock » Kilbarrack-Greendale Shopping Cntr

Dublin 6, 6W & 12 » Bishops Square - Redmond's Hill

Dublin 7 » Navan Road

Dublin 8 » Thomas Street

Dublin 9 » Ballymun Shopping Centre

Dublin 10 & 20 » Ballyfermot - Rossmore Avenue

Dublin 11, Ashbourne & Nth Co Dublin » Finglas - Mellowes Road

Dublin 14 & 16 » Rathfarnham - Nutgrove Shopping Cntr

Dublin 15 » Blanchardstown - Westend Retail Park

Dublin 17 & Malahide » Coolock-Northside Civic Centre

Dublin 18, Blackrock & Dun Laoghaire » Dun Laoghaire - Cumberland Street

Dublin 22 & Lucan » Clondalkin - 9 th Lock Road

Dublin 24 » Tallaght - The Square

Balbriggan, Rush, Lusk & Skerries » 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

ENDS March 23 rd 2004

Last modified:29/09/2008