Deputy Connolly welcomes confirmation from the Minster that the Time 4 Us service is to continue to operate after the 31st March, 2018. This announcement follows months of campaigning by the users of the service, the legal profession and local politicians in both Galway West and East.
When the matter was brought to Deputy Connolly’s attention by the users of the service she immediately contacted the Directors of Time 4 Us to clarify precisely why they felt obliged to announce the closure of the service. Having clarified that it was a matter of the absence of appropriate governance structures, Deputy Connolly said she then raised the matter in the Dáil. She also met with Minister Zappone in relation to the matter to ensure that the Minister was fully aware of all relevant details.
The Minister also met with the Directors who presented a number of options which included one preferred solution which would see Time 4 Us operating from the Árd Family Resource Centre in Doughiska.
Deputy Connolly, while welcoming the confirmation that the service is to continue to operate, is seeking clarification in relation to a number of matters. In particular, the nature and details of the transition phase, including confirmation that Time 4 Us will continue to operate in the Shantalla location pending the move to Doughiska; when the service moves, that it will provide the same service albeit under a different governance structure; and clarification in relation to the staff currently employed at the Shantalla location and whether they will be transferred to Doughiska.