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Austerity and youth services do not go together - McLellan

19 April, 2013

Speaking at a protest meeting outside Leinster House today, Sinn Fein TD Sandra McLellan called on the minister for children and youth affairs, Francis Fitzgerald TD, to reverse cuts to the City of Dublin Youth Service Board.
She said: “While youth workers live in fear of losing their jobs, and young people are denied important and often essential services in their own neighbourhoods, the Minister’s response is to commission yet another report.
“If she proceeds with the proposed cuts it will lead to a diminished service for young people and job losses.
“For a minister to announce that she is going to cut funding at a time of rising unemployment, when ordinary communities are suffering and young people are struggling to make their way in the world, just makes no sense.
“Young people in Finglas and Ballyfermot were not the cause of this recession and they should not be expected to pay for it.
“Austerity and youth services do not go together.
“Sinn Fein is committed to this issue and we are 100 per cent behind the campaign to reverse the cuts.”

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