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Centre Notices

Information Notice

Revised Intreo Centres Opening Hours

In line with public health advice, footfall into our public Intreo offices has reduced dramatically as the majority of customers are now using our easy to use online portal www.MyWelfare.ie to apply for Covid-19 related income supports. We want to thank our customers for moving in such numbers to online and for respecting public health advice.

In the interests of continuing to observe the strict public health advice and to safeguard both our customers and our staff, the Department will be reducing our Intreo Centres public opening hours with effect from Friday 3rd April.

All our public offices will be open to the public from 10 am to 1 pm on Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Our public offices will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are emergency temporary measures and our opening hours will be kept under review.

Revised Intreo Centres Opening Hours:

Effective Friday 3rd April

    3rd April Friday 10 am –1 pm
    6th April Monday 10 am –1 pm
    7th April Tuesday Closed
    8th April Wednesday 10 am –1 pm
    9th April Thursday Closed
    10th April (Good Friday) Closed

This decision has been taken to ensure that we focus our resources on processing the thousands of applications we receive as quickly as possible. This includes increasing our ability to engage directly with those customers’ whose applications contain incorrect information and we therefore have not been able to put into payment. This is a priority for the Department.

We would like to reassure our customers that we will continue to be available to the public outside our Intreo Centres opening hours. We are using these reduced opening hours to substantially increase our capacity to process applications and the number of staff available to engage with customers directly through our dedicated contact centre (1890 800 024) by phone, email and online.

We would also like to remind people that the quickest and easiest way to submit an application for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, Jobseeker’s payment or an Enhanced Illness Benefit payment is to do so online via www.MyWelfare.ie .

The Department would like to thank our customers for their patience in these unprecedented times. Information on our Intreo Centres opening hours will be kept under review and will be available on our website.


  • Tulla Branch Office will be closed to the public until further notice. A staff member will be present to deal with queries.
  • Newbridge Intreo Centre will no longer have a walk-in PPSN service from Monday 2 March 2020. Online appointments will be available.
  • Tuam Intreo (Employment Services Office) High Street, Tuam Co. Galway. Please note this office has a new telephone number: 093 70200

SWA Clinic Cork

The SWA Clinic, normally held in Ballincollig Health Centre has temporarily transferred to Abbeycourt House, George's Quay, Cork. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 11.30 am, Thursday 10.15am - 11.30am.

Welfare.ie

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Update of Privacy Statement

The department has updated its Privacy Statement here to present information in an expanded set of headings and to provide additional information to address the deficiencies in the previous Privacy Statement as identified by the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) in respect of the processing of personal data including in respect of identity authentication (SAFE 2 registration) and the Public Services Card (PSC).