Wexford Citizens Information Service marks 40th birthday
Published 25/02/2014 | 05:42
County Wexford Citizens Information Service, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this month, dealt with over 27,000 queries last year.
The record level of business was revealed as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin attended an anniversary celebration in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.
The Wexford Citizens Information Centre was officially opened on February 8 in 1974 by the late Tanaiste and Minister for Health and Social Welfare Brendan Corish, T.D.
The first centre was situated in the Mechanic's Institute on the Main Street before moving to St. Brigid's Centre in Roche's Road in the 1970's and finally to its current location at 28 Henrietta Street in 2000.
Centres were also opened in Enniscorthy, Gorey and New Ross.
The Wexford service is free, confidential and independent and is part of a network of over 80 centres around the country.
Based on the principle that information is a basic right of everyone, it empowers people to exercise their rights and claim entitlements.
A third of the service is provided by volunteers who are trained to a FETAC level 6 standard. At the anniversary event, staff, board members and volunteers were thanked for their contribution to the success of the service.