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Hands off Family Resource Centres – Ó Caoláin

15 September, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD today (Tuesday) met with the Family Resource Centre National Forum and demanded that the Government “absolutely refuse” to cut funding for the 107 Family Resource Centres across the State that are under threat from the proposals in the McCarthy Report (‘Bord Snip Nua’).

The Family Resource Centre National Forum Chairperson, Packie Kelly, Vice-Chairperson, Claire Dineen, and Board Member, Mark Bradley, met with Deputy Ó Caoláin and Sinn Féin colleagues in Leinster House. After the meeting, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Colm McCarthy’s Report proposes the axing of the Family Support Agency which funds Family Resource Centres to the tune of €18 million. If this funding is cut it will threaten the future of 107 Family Resource Centres across all 26 Counties in this State.

“These Centres provide invaluable services and supports to families and communities including education and training, assistance for those suffering domestic violence and addiction issues. Childcare services are also provided, supplementing our very inadequate childcare infrastructure.

“It is the least well off families and communities who benefit most from the Family Resource Centres and have the greatest need for their services. These are the very people who are suffering most in the recession and will suffer from proposed cutbacks. To allow these Centres to be targeted for cuts would be scandalous.

“The Government should absolutely refuse to cut funding for the Family Resource Centres. In fact it should be enhancing their work and facilitating the establishment of more centres. Sinn Féin in the Oireachtas and across the State will oppose cuts to these Centres and hold the Government fully to account on this vital issue.” ENDS

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