Threat of closure to Clare LES offices

19 Dec 2003

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed is very concerned at the threatened closure of the Local Employment Service (LES) in Co. Clare, which we view as a very considerable blow against unemployed people in the county.

The INOU has always been very supportive of the LES throughout the state as we believe that it provides an essential client centred and confidential service that is particularly suitable to the needs of long term unemployed people. Any threat to that service must be of concern to all who have the interests of unemployed people at heart.

We would call on all those involved with the Clare LES, to review their positions with a view to finding a solution to any problems that exist within the service. The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment should seriously consider intervening to save the service. Every effort should be made to avert its closure.