Sinn Féin will propose an emergency motion at the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council this evening (Monday), opposing the cuts to services for people with disabilities in St. Michael's House facilities across Dublin. Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, who is tabling the motion, called on Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn to allow debate on the motion.
Cllr. Mac Donncha said:
"The St. Michael's House organisation provides services for over 1,600 people with disabilities in the city and county of Dublin and in Navan but its funding has been cut by €12.3 million since 2008 and the Fine Gael/Labour Government is imposing a further €1 million cut this year.
“Last week service users, families, carers and staff received notification of the cuts, with staff posts and services to clients under threat. The small weekly allowance for participants in day centres has been cut, as well as transport services and other cuts have been signalled. Our motion is calling for these cuts to be reversed."