Campbell welcomes extension to opening hours of Civil Registration Office
Local councillor Anne Campbell has welcomed the increased opening hours of the Civil Registration office in Dundalk following its temporary closure due to staff shortages earlier this year.
The offices at the Louth County Hospital closed in April with people directed to travel to Drogheda instead to register Births, Deaths and Marriages. While it reopened soon after, there were reduced hours.
According to the Sinn Féin representative these hours will now be extended from this Monday.
Cllr Campbell said: “I appreciate there was a staff shortage but I wonder if it had not been for pressure from Sinn Féin would the office have closed permanently?”
At the moment, the opening hours are as follows:
Walk in service Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm – 3.30pm
Appointments only on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 9.30am – 12:15pm
Appointments only on Thursday afternoons 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cllr Campbell, who is a member of the Regional Health Forum has been informed that “they are extending the appointment service on Tuesdays and Friday afternoons 2:00pm – 4:00pm. That is to be welcomed and will be coming into force from 11th June.”
Cllr Campbell has also requested that “they look at refurbishing the Births, Deaths and Marriages office which is located in the grounds of Louth County Hospital. People who avail of the service have found themselves discussing sometimes quite private business in full public view of everyone and within earshot of others waiting to be seen. Perhaps if they divided part of it off so that some privacy could be afforded if required, it may make life a bit easier for those dealing with more difficult requests.”