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Dublin City Council oppose government cuts to community funding‏ - Councillor Daithí Doolan

3 November, 2014 - by Daithí Doolan

Dublin City Council oppose government cuts to community funding‏-Councillor Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan has this evening welcomed Dublin City Council's motion calling on the Government to reverse, "the appalling cuts to funding for community development in Dublin."

 Doolan, chair of the Dublin City Local Development Committee, speaking at the meeting said:

 "The cut of over €742,000 being imposed by Minister for Environment Alan Kelly will have a hugely negative impact on communities already suffering from consecutive cuts in recent budgets. 

"This funding cut will signal the closure of many community projects across Dublin. These projects are providing essential services that are not being provided by the public or private sector. This is a cowardly cut and must be immediately reversed.”

 "The total budget cut is €2m, which is a drop in the ocean in terms of the department's overall spend. Dublin is being disproportionately hit. Dublin has the highest concentration of population, poverty and unemployment. This must be recognised by the Minister.”

 "Tonight's motion is calling for a full and immediate reversal of this cut. I am delighted that the motion received unanimous support. Dublin City Council will now be seeking a meeting with Minister to discuss the urgency of the situation. Tonight's cross party support will greatly strengthen our hand in having this cut reversed."

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