Welfare Staff Working Overtime

Minister for Social & Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has said welfare payment officers are "working flat out" to deal with increasing growing amount of jobseekers.

Ms Hanafin says the increased numbers signing on the Live Register is putting staff under extreme pressure.

The Minister said it took an average of two weeks to process new benefit claims and five weeks to deal with jobseekers' allowance applications in December.

Some 115 additional staff have been recruited to handle the spike in claims and the minister says the situation is under constant review.

The news comes as it emerged that two luxury hotels in west Dublin, opened less than 18 months ago, are to close their doors with the loss of 72 jobs.

The Glashaus Hotel closed yesterday and the Tallaght Cross Hotel will cease trading this weekend. Both hotels are owned by property developer Liam Carroll.

The 186-bedroom Tallaght Cross opened in February last year and cost €20 million to develop. Its sister hotel, the 48-bedroom Glashaus, began trading in September 2007.


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