New Citizens Information Centre for Newbridge

October 2018

North Leinster Citizens Information Service have recently announced the official opening of a new Citizens Information Centre (CIC) in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle performed the official opening at the new location on Cutlery Road

The first Citizens Information Centre was opened in Newbridge in 1976 and the service has developed and expanded since. Thousands of people have been supported with a free and confidential information, advice and advocacy service across a full range of state services. In 2017, the service dealt with 11,947 queries and this number is set to increase significantly by the end of this year. A Free Legal Advice Clinic (FLAC) and a CAVA (Chartered Accountants Voluntary Advice) service are also available in the Newbridge centre. The service is supported with a website provided by the Citizens Information Board – www.citizensinformation.ie and the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 which is available Monday to Friday 9pm-8pm.

Joan O’Connor, Development Manager for South Kildare said: “Our new premises in Newbridge affords us the opportunity to further extend the service we offer to the people of Newbridge and beyond. This stand-alone centre with a walk in reception, three interview rooms, a dedicated advocacy office and boardroom allows us to deliver a quality service to all. We are very grateful for the support of the Citizens Information Board and the North Leinster CIS in supporting this project.”

Also in attendance at the opening were Grainne Griffin, Senior Manager, CIB, James Blighe, Chairperson of the North Leinster CIS, Noel O’Connor, Regional Manager, North Leinster CIS, elected representatives and staff and volunteers of the Newbridge CIC.

Performing the official opening were from left: Noel O'Connor, North Leinster Regional Manager, Gerry Leydon, Director, North Leinster CIS, Grainne Griffin, Senior Manager, CIB, Martin Heydon TD, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle, Jim Blighe Chairperson North Leinster CIS, Cathy O'Donoghue, CIB Joan O'Connor Development Manager, South Kildare.

Performing the official opening were from left: Noel O'Connor, North Leinster Regional Manager, Gerry Leydon, Director, North Leinster CIS, Grainne Griffin, Senior Manager, CIB, Martin Heydon TD, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle, Jim Blighe Chairperson North Leinster CIS, Cathy O'Donoghue, CIB Joan O'Connor Development Manager, South Kildare.

Sitting from left: Councillor Suzanne Doyle, Grainne Griffin, Senior Manager, CIB, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle, Joan O'Connor, Development Manager, South Kildare. Standing from left: Jim Blighe, Chairperson, North Leinster CIS, Noel O'Connor Regional Manager, North Leinster CIS, Gerry Leydon, Director, North Leinster CIS and Joe Martin, Director, North Leinster CIS.

Sitting from left: Councillor Suzanne Doyle, Grainne Griffin, Senior Manager, CIB, Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle, Joan O'Connor, Development Manager, South Kildare. Standing from left: Jim Blighe, Chairperson, North Leinster CIS, Noel O'Connor Regional Manager, North Leinster CIS, Gerry Leydon, Director, North Leinster CIS and Joe Martin, Director, North Leinster CIS.

The new Newbridge CIC.

The new Newbridge CIC.

Celebrating the opening with a special cake.

Celebrating the opening with a special cake.