Sinn Féin making a commitment to communities – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communities Aengus Ó Snodaigh has today launched the party’s proposals for the development of the community and voluntary sector.
Speaking from the F2 Centre in Fatima Ó Snodaigh said that Sinn Féin has a vision for a securely resourced community and voluntary sector that both responds to, and advocates for the needs and wishes of communities.
Ó Snodaigh said:
“The community and voluntary sector provides services and advocates for Ireland’s most vulnerable communities. It provides vital services that the state does not and it does so in a cost effective manner. Demand on the sector is rising in line with the recession.
“Since the economic crisis commenced, the community and voluntary sector have been a target for disproportionate cuts by government. Even as total public spending rose in 2009 this sector was cut. And it continued to be disproportionately cut in 2010 and 2011.
“The document we are launching here today maps out what we see as the way forward for the community and voluntary sector.
“Our key proposals include:
• A shift towards multi-annual funding to allow groups and projects to plan ahead and eliminate the current practice whereby significant efforts are unnecessarily diverted into chasing funding.
• Ring-fencing certain funding i.e. from the dormant accounts fund and the criminal assets bureau
• Job creation through support for social enterprise and the expansion of CE
• Establishing the All-Ireland Consultative Civic Forum promised by the Good Friday Agreement
• Full recognition and protection of the right to advocate
• A shift from ‘partnership’ to ‘participative democracy’ using the sector to facilitate direct public input into the design and delivery of public services
“Sinn Féin’s vision is of a securely resourced community and voluntary sector that both responds to, and advocates for the needs and wishes of communities.
“We can make that vision a reality. We are making a commitment to communities.” ENDS