February 23, 2022
NDLS services must be restored in rural Ireland – Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo Leitrim Martin Kenny yesterday raised the ‘closure by stealth’ of the local National Driver Licence Service office in Carrick-on-Shannon, following confirmation from government that the service will not return to walk-in appointments.

Speaking earlier today, Teachta Kenny said, “Before 2020, you could drop into the NDLS centre with the relevant documents and have your licence renewed.  It was understandable that during the pandemic, the service moved to being appointments based due to social distancing requirements. 

“Now that this public health requirement is behind us, the government have confirmed they will not return to providing a walk in service for something that is an essential requirement in the state. 

“I have people coming to me in need of licence renewals who cannot get through on the NDLS phoneline.  If they try to book online, they need to use a Public Services Card.  Many people do not have one, and the appointment system to get one is even longer than that to renew a licence. 

“Above all else, government is already in hot water with the Public Service Card system – which we were all led to believe was only for use by the Department of Social Protection.

“In order to do something as simple as renew a drivers licence now, people in Leitrim, and indeed across rural Ireland, are facing barriers such as poor access to broadband, and telephone lines under increased pressure, to even make an appointment.

“NDLS are providing an essential state service, it must be restored to the system it was once at, instead of this closure by stealth.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

"I know two STAUNCH Fianna Fáil supporters, and they told me that they would never ever vote Fianna Fáil again because you drove their 4 children to the 4 corners of the world."

A Sinn Féin Gov would prioritise housing and build the homes that our people need. @ThomasGouldSF

Sinn Féin is committed to funding Mental Health Care – Mark Ward TD

“We have a raft of measures that will improve people’s access to the mental health care they need, when and where they need it.”

MORE: https://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/66186


Sinn Féin has a plan to fix the health service.

Patients, their families and health staff deserve a health system that works.

Read our Alternative Health Budget here: https://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/66183

It’s time for change! – @DavidCullinane

Pa Daly TD condemns ‘cowardly’ attack on Garda in Dublin

“All Gardaí must have confidence that they can conduct their duties safely and get on with protecting communities”


Load More