In an email this afternoon to Thurles Information from Tipperary TD Noel Coonan, the elected representative has confirmed that he has been in contact with M/s Josephine Feehily, Chairperson of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and she in turn has confirmed that there are no plans in the offing to relocate staff from Thurles’s Revenue Office to Cashel.
Deputy Coonan states in his communication that, quote “I hope this helps allay concerns for the staff and families concerned.”
The email received includes a forwarded copy of a further short email sent and signed by M/s Karen Martin, (Private Secretary, Revenue Commissioners, Chairman’s Office, Blocks 8 – 10, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland) which reads;
As discussed, Revenue have no plans to relocate staff working in Thurles Revenue office to Cashel.”
However Thurles Information is already aware that no such approach had ever been formally made by the Revenue Commissioners to relocate their staff working in the Thurles Revenue office. The approach instead was made, as we stated, by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in response to instructions that the latter had received from government in an effort to facilitate the centralisation and expansion of social welfare services from this same offices in Stradavoher, Thurles, and the offer by the OPW of alternative accommodation for Revenue to be located in Cashel.
We now invite Deputy Coonan to flatly deny that any such approach was ever made by the Office of Public Works regarding such future relocation planned to be imposed on Thurles Revenue staff. We also invite the Deputy to confirm publicly that no such relocation of Thurles Revenue personnel will now take place.
Such a statement from Deputy Coonan and his current government would further “help allay concerns for the staff and families concerned.”
Thurles Information has now emailed Deputy Coonan to this effect and await his reply.