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Job fears as motor tax office set to shut

THERE are growing fears about potential job losses at Dublin's motor tax offices after the city council confirmed at least one of the four outlets will be axed.

Nutgrove Motor Tax office in Rathfarnham is facing the chop with council management conceding that it is pursuing the objective of "service cost reduction".

And the council today refused to give any assurances that there would be no job losses until "consultations with staff and unions" reach a conclusion.

It has emerged that council management began looking at closing the motor tax offices as early as November of last year.



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Nutgrove was immediately flagged for closure, with union officials meeting council management last Monday.

The meeting marked the first briefing on the proposed closure of Nutgrove -- expected to happen by the end of the year.

While the Herald understands staff there will be redeployed to the other offices of Smithfield, Ballymun and Clondalkin -- local councillors have today called on management to be "open and transparent".

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said: "The council has to honest about this, staff need to know where and when they are being redeployed.

"This phrase 'rationalisation' simply means cutbacks."

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