Stanley urges support for Sinn Féin Community Employment motion
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, community & local government Brian Stanley TD is attending a national meeting of Community Employment supervisors in Portlaoise today. The meeting is being organised by SIPTU & IMPACT.
Speaking before the meeting Deputy Stanley said:
“I will be attending this afternoon’s meeting to lend my support and that of my party to the campaign against Community Employment cuts. These schemes provide essential community services which would not, or could not, be provided by the private or public sector.
“The government’s proposed cut will force many schemes to end. CE schemes were originally set up to assist the long-term unemployed in getting back to work. With over 183,000 people now long-term unemployed, CE is needed more than ever, but Minister Burton is attempting to drastically cut its funding.
“My party has tabled a Dáil motion in opposition to these cuts and we will call a vote on the motion tonight. I will be taking the opportunity at today’s meeting to urge CE Supervisors to lobby their TDs, in particular government TDs, to support our motion and to oppose cuts.
“I am calling on all TDs from all parties, who support the role Community Employment has played in their communities, to do the right thing tonight and support our motion.”