Two separate job centres operate just yards apart on the northside

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

two job centres operating just yards from each other on a northside estate have been criticised as a “duplication” in services and a “waste of tax payers money.”

two job centres operating just yards from each other on a northside estate have been criticised as a “duplication” in services and a “waste of tax payers money.”

City North councillor Kevin Kiely has called on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to intervene to close the ‘Obair’ Local Employment Service Network, which has just moved to the Watch House Cross in Moyross, from Thomondgate. He wants to see audited accounts, and the salaries of managers there.

The facility provides a broadly similar service to the Millennium Jobs Club which has been a fixture in Moyross for the last ten years. Both services are aimed at those out of work, and offer CV preparation, mentoring and a job search service. Both schemes are bankrolled by the FAS training agency, which is in the process of being moved to a new agency.

The centres are also rented from the private sector at further cost to the tax payer.

But centre bosses say there is a need for both services - and local councillor Maurice Quinlivan has backed this up.

However, Cllr Kiely said: “It doesn’t make sense to have two centres there. It is a case of jobs for the boys, and a complete duplication. Why not just have one centre and expand its role?”