Agriculture office closures begin

Martin Ryan

Fifteen Department of Agriculture offices are to shut by the end of April as part of the ongoing rationalisation programme announced last year.

Offices in Sligo and Longford shut recently, with operations being transferred to Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim.

Offices in Kilkenny and Dungarvan have also been closed down, with the service now provided from Waterford city.

Offices at Carlow, Wicklow town, Drogheda and Dundalk will close in March. Operations have been transferred to Enniscorthy in the case of Carlow and Wicklow. The Navan office will look after the workload from the Co Louth sites.

Offices at Nenagh, Clonmel, Thurles, Ennis, Killarney, Claremorris and Ballina will close in April, with responsibility to transfer to Tipperary town in the case of the Tipperary sites.

Clare farmers will have to travel to the Department office in Limerick city in the future, while an office in Tralee will take over from Killarney. The workload from Claremorris and Ballina will be dealt with from Castlebar.

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