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Dole office forced to close 12.09.08

The Social Welfare office in Letterkenny has been forced to close its doors to the public today as it struggles to cope with the number of new people signing on.
In an unprecedented move that reflects the economic downturn, the office has shut today in a bid to clear the backlog.
"Our usual opening hours are 9.30am to 4pm but because of the unprecedented backlog of jobseekers' claims, we decided we had to close today to try and clear some of that backlog," a spokesperson told Highland Radio.
The Letterkenny office has been handling an average of around 100 claims per week over the summer months. It now has a backlog of around 700 claims awaiting authorisation. "Obviously, these are people that are waiting on payment so we have had to take this drastic measure of closing the office to try and clear some of these payments," added the spokesperson.
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