Former Library building to become local Intreo office
Minister of State at the OPW and Galway East TD, Deputy Seán Canney has welcomed the decision by Galway County Councillors to lease the former library building at Shop Street in Tuam.
Minister Canney said the OPW is to renovate the vacant premises at a cost of €1.7m and lease it from the local authority for 25 years. The building will then be used as an Intreo Office by the Department of Social Protection.
“This is a project I have been working on since becoming Minister and I am delighted that the County Council has agreed to the lease of the building which has been closed for the last eight years,” said Minister Canney.
“The project will now go to tender and when that tender process is complete works will go ahead on the former library premises,” added Minister Canney.
Intreo is a single point of contact for all employment and income supports from the Department of Social Protection. Designed to provide a more streamlined approach, Intreo offers practical, tailored employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers alike.
“I am particularly pleased that a vacant building in Shop Street will be brought back to life and become an important hub of activity in the town again,” said Minister Canney. “It is important that we continue to bring the centre of the town back to life. We must increase the footfall in the town centre in order to rejuvenate the town.”