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Children of Tallaght alienated by the state

18 October, 2004


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Sean Crowe has reacted to a report due to be released this morning on poverty levels in West Tallaght and said Œthis report paints a bleak and depressing picture of the area. It confirms what Sinn Féin has been saying about poverty levels in West Tallaght for a number of years‚.

The report entitled: 'How are our kids?' was funded the US-based philanthropic organisation Atlantic Philanthropies.

Speaking today, Deputy Crowe said:

"This report paints a bleak and depressing picture of the sheer scale of poverty and social exclusion in the West Tallaght area. Unfortunately, the study merely reinforces what Sinn Féin has been saying about poverty levels in West Tallaght for a number of years. These statistics should surprise no one, indeed past reports from RAPID have shown similar patterns of deprivation.

"It is ironic that just a few short days after a report by The Economist magazine entitled 'The luck of the Irish' which claimed that Ireland had leaped from being one of the poorest EU member states in the 1980‚s to one of the richest today, that this latest report shows that many children in West Tallaght are living without adequate home heating.

"Let us be clear, many people in West Tallaght and indeed throughout this state feel alienated, excluded and let down by the authorities. The unprecedented levels of poverty, deprivation and anti-social behaviour are a direct result of the inequalities and inequities promoted by this, and successive governments.

"I welcome the key recommendations of the report and call for a multi-agency response to the wide-ranging problems in West Tallaght. The Œout of sight-out of mind approach‚ to the problems faced by local communities must not be allowed to continue. We know what the problems are and how they should be tackled, what is required is a follow through with real investment.

"Sinn Féin has worked hard to represent those who feel most excluded within our society. We will continue to work with like-minded and progressive groups to help create dynamic and empowered local communities." ENDS

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