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Government must act on West Tallaght report

28 October, 2004

Speaking during the Private Members Debate in the Dáil this morning on the recent West Tallaght report local Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe has called on the Government to act on the solutions offered in the report.

Deputy Crowe said, "There has been some criticism of the report of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative but I welcome the fact that both the Government and Labour Party welcome it. It does focus on the problems that exist in the west Tallaght area.

"The endemic problem in west Tallaght is poverty. The reality is that the unemployment rate in the area is double the national average and over half the children living in the area are still depending on State benefits.

"Many of the other problems faced by the community are triggered by poverty. Policing is a huge issue. The closest contact people have with the police is when they try to report a crime. The immediate difficulty in the Tallaght area is trying to get through to the local Garda station. Even at this basic level, there is a problem. If there is crime happening in one's area, one cannot get in touch with the gardaí.

"The report does not cover the anger, frustration, sense of abandonment and sense that no one is listening felt by the people of Tallaght, but it does come up with solutions.

"We need solutions to the problems that have been affecting west Tallaght down through the years. We can outline all the programmes that exist but this is not enough. Redress is not happening fast enough and children are growing up in an unacceptable environment. The report outlines the solutions to the problems and we are asking that the Government take them on board." ENDS

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