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Cuts in community and voluntary sector equal up to 5,000 job losses – Ó Snodaigh

13 May, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dail this morning Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social and Family Affairs called on the government to reverse their disproportionate cuts of 18-20 per cent made to the community and voluntary sector which will result in the loss of 5,000 jobs by end of this year.

He said:

“Not only will this seismic loss of jobs further cripple the economy, this move is going to affect society in a way that will be irreparable for years and years. To make these kinds of cuts to sectors which are already stretched beyond their means is horrifically short sighted and irresponsible. Is this government going to step in and take responsibility for the vital work that will now be lost in areas in society that need assistance most? The community and voluntary sector is being left to pick up the pieces left in the wake of Budget 2010 already. These cuts will affect our most disadvantaged communities who are dependent on basic services, supports, representation and advocacy that this sector offers.

“The cuts demonstrate a deliberate government policy to silence the voices of the disadvantaged. Local cuts must be seen against the backdrop of the debilitating cuts made at a national level to bodies such as the Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority. The Government are trying to gag all those who have rightly criticized their manifestly unfair policies.” ENDS

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