Written answers

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Departmental Agencies

11:00 pm

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 334: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if plans are in place to relocate existing Money Advice and Budgeting Service offices in County Donegal to other locations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7635/09]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the main Government funded service which provides assistance to people who are over-indebted and need help and advice in coping with debt problems. There are 53 independent companies with voluntary boards of management operating the local services throughout the country. In 2009 almost €18 million has been provided to fund the service.

There are currently 3 MABS Companies operating in Co Donegal. North Donegal MABS is located in Letterkenny and has an outreach office in Buncrana. South Donegal MABS is located in Donegal town and provides services to Donegal town, Killybegs, Ballybofey, Stranolar and Ballyshannon. West Donegal MABS is located in Derrybeg and provides services to the West Donegal Gaeltacht region. There are no plans to re-locate the existing MABS offices in County Donegal.

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