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Crowe welcomes the announcement on Employment Schemes

10 November, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social, Family and Community Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, this evening welcomed the announcement by the Minister Micheal Martin that he intends to reverse some of the cuts made to Employment Schemes. Deputy Crowe said the change in Government policy was "long overdue and must be entirely credited to those who campaigned so vigorously against these unjust cuts".

Deputy Crowe said, "These cuts were amongst the lowest of the low, even for this callous Government. There was absolutely no justification whatsoever for them.

Vital services for local communities and opportunities for people to re-enter the employment market were slashed as this Government sought to make short-term savings at the expense of some of the most disadvantaged areas in the state. It caused real fear and anxiety, as people didn't know what services would be maintained or cut in their communities.

"That Minister Micheal Martin is now going to reverse some of these cuts has to be welcomed. This reversal is long overdue and must be entirely credited to those who campaigned so vigorously against these unjust cuts. It highlights in a very real way the power of local communities when they come together to fight unjust and shameful Government policies."

Deputy Crowe went on to call for the mainstreaming of many of these schemes saying, "the services and work engaged by many of the people on these schemes is very real and indeed vital for local communities. As a consequence they should be turned in to full-time jobs, with all the entitlements and benefits that go with that." ENDS

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