Official opening of Nenagh Citizens Information Center

Pictured at the grand opening were left to right: Nora Richardson, information officer; Declan Kennedy, Information Officer; Darren Ryan, Director of Development for Tipperary; Phil Wilson, Trustee; Minister of Justice, Helen McEntee; Martin Quinn, Chairman of North Munster Citizen Information Services; Ciarán Casey, Regional Director, and Nicola Walshe, Finance Manager Citizen Information.

Minister of Justice, Helen McEntee, conducts the opening

The official opening of the refurbished Nenagh Citizens Information Center was led by the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, on Thursday 19 May. The minister was in County Tipperary to lead a series of engagements and the opening of the center in Pearse Street, Nenagh, was the first stop on a busy itinerary. Nenagh is proud to have served the citizens of the region in the provision of information since 1975, and the service provided over the years was repeatedly praised in the various speeches given at the event.

Nenagh CIS (Citizens Information Service) falls under the jurisdiction of the North Munster region which includes counties Tipperary, Clare, Limerick and Waterford and board members and staff along with many dignitaries were on hand to welcome the Minister in Nenagh and for the cutting of the ribbon and the blessing of the newly renovated premises.

The Minister, in her remarks, paid tribute to the work of the service in Nenagh and commended everyone involved in providing such a professional service to the citizens of the area.

She said: “I am delighted to be here in Nenagh to officially open these premises. I am aware of the history of the service in the city and its various locations before arriving here in Pearse Street and wish the team here in Nenagh CIS much success in these new offices. I would like to thank the staff and volunteers who have provided service here for the past 47 years and wish the staff, with the help of volunteers, good luck in providing service in the future.

The Minister also thanked the Citizen Information Service for the support given to those fleeing the crisis in Ukraine. “On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank the Board and staff of North Munster CIS for their support and guidance to those arriving in Ireland from Ukraine. You provide a very valuable and vital service to those who need it most and are fleeing a war where unspeakable crimes are being perpetrated. We very much appreciate the service you provide.

The chairman of the North Munster Citizens Information Service, Martin Quinn, explained that it was the National Community Development Organization, Muintir na Tíre, which was responsible for setting up the Community Information Centers throughout the country. This grew out of the passing of a resolution in 1968 to establish information centers in Ireland on the model of the Citizens Advice Bureaux in the UK.

“From the beginning, values ​​such as impartiality, independence and confidentiality as well as the ability to respond to local needs have been key determinants of the centers,” commented Mr. Quinn, who then called for the return of the voluntary, in any case. roles, serving.

“As a service, we have lost all our volunteers during the pandemic and now it is really important to bring the service back to a level where there is a sufficient number of staff to meet the increasing demands of the service. I therefore urge the management and board of CIB to accept the recommendations of the Volunteer Strategy Group on the reintroduction of volunteers so that we can bring the service to a level where the offices can resume a greater level of service opposite face-to-face and advocacy and where we can provide the necessary training for volunteers and CE participants, to enable them to continue to provide professional service to the citizens of the region.

The chairman stressed that this was essential to retain existing services in Clonmel, Tipperary Town, Thurles, Roscrea, Waterford City, Shannon (Clare) and Newcastlewest (Limerick), which could be affected due to lack of staff resources.

Other speakers at the event included Nicola Walshe, Head of Finance, Citizens Information Service and Ciarán Casey, Regional Director, North Munster CIS. Darren Ryan, Tipperary Development Director, was the Master of Ceremonies for the occasion and the blessing of the new premises was led by Fr Des Hillery, Co-PP/VF, Nenagh Parish.