Cuts to Dublin Youth Services a serious blow to working class communities - McLellan
Speaking after meeting a delegation of youth workers, young people and SIPTU representatives about the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs plans to cut funding to youth services in Dublin, Sinn Fein TD for Cork East and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Sandra McLellan said:
“It makes no sense to cut funding to services for young people at a time of mass unemployment and in the middle of a recession.
“These cuts will have a serious impact in working class communities in Dublin. In Ballyfermot, Finglas and the inner-city, youth services are struggling to survive. The current cuts, if not reversed, will spell the end of the line for many projects.
“Communities that are already struggling to deal with cuts to public services, unemployment, and that have large populations of young people need Government support. The last thing they need is the dismantling of valuable services for disadvantaged young people.
“In a country where youth unemployment is running at 30% and 37% of young people are at risk of consistent poverty these measures make no social or political sense. After all, it makes far more economic sense to invest in quality community based services rather than spending exorbitant amounts of public money on keeping a young person in a juvenile detention centre.
“In the context of the community and the wider society, all the evidence shows that investment in youth services is money well spent. I call on the minister to reconsider this decision and to immediately restore funding to youth services in Dublin.”