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Crowe calls for increased resources for young people

5 November, 2003

Speaking to the National Youth Council of Ireland today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education, Seán Crowe TD, called for "additional resources to support the important work carried out by youth organisations. "He said "it is time we got away from the attitude of doing the minimum to get by."

Deputy Crowe said: „The campaign to allocate additional resources to support the important work being carried out by youth organisations around the country is one that Sinn Féin fully supports. It is time we got away from the attitude of doing the minimum to get by.

"Young people do have something to offer society, if only society is prepared to give them a platform. We need to empower them to make decisions and prepare them for the tough choices they will face in their lives. We need to build their skills and their capacities. We need to make sure our young people are full citizens, with the rights and responsibilities of that role.

"Sinn Féin is proposing, in our alternative Budget priorities to be published this month, a range of measures aimed at young people, at tackling poverty and inequality in accessing education. Among them is the proposal to increase the funding for youth work by €5 million.

"For some time now we have been lectured by representatives of the Government that the money for investment in this or that is not there. The truth is, and deep down we all know it, that the money is there, what is lacking is the political will to get it.

"Last year for example, the decision by the Government to cut Corporation Tax is estimated to have cost us €350 million, roughly the same amount the Government spent on capital investment in primary and secondary schools.

"If we are not prepared to redistribute the wealth in our society to facilitate the access of young people, and others, to play the fullest role possible in our nation, then we are merely making do and pushing the problems into the background." ENDS

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