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Government forcing most vulnerable to pay price of its mismangement of economy

28 May, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams is in Dublin’s South Inner City today where he is meeting with a number of community groups and supporting the Local Election campaign of Dublin City Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

During his visit Gerry Adams condemned cutbacks to vital community services such as the local Drugs Task Force, saying the government was forcing the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for its mismanagement of the economy.

The Sinn Féin President met with community leaders in the Dolphin House and Fatima Mansions flat complexes. Fatima Mansions has undergone a major regeneration programme while Dolphin House, which is awaiting regeneration, was the scene of recent rioting by anti-social elements.

Speaking during his tour of the area Gerry Adams said:

“Dublin’s South Inner City is feeling the sharp end of the government’s short-sighted response to the collapse in public finances with a number of savage cutbacks to community services, in particular the local Drugs Task Force which has been forced to shed staff. This is a disgraceful example of how this government is forcing the most vulnerable in society to pay the price of its mismanagement of the economy.

“The regeneration of Fatima Mansions is a testament to the sheer grit and determination of the local community. I have no doubt that the achievements made by the community in Fatima Mansions can be repeated througout Dublin and in other urban centres around the country.

“The residents of Dolphin House must be commended for the work they have done in taking back ownership of their commmunity from thugs and drug dealers who have tried to destroy it. The recent rioting in Dolphin House, where gardai were viciously attacked, was a response by criminal, anti-social elements to the great of work Dolphin House residents in reclaiming their own neighbourhood.

“The work of dedicated people in Dolphin House should be supported by state agencies and the much aniticipated regeneration of the area must proceed as soon as possible.”


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