Dublin City Council demands government action to protect services and jobs-Cllr. Daithí Doolan
Dublin City Council has tonight supported a Sinn Féin emergency motion demanding that the government ensures there will be no cuts to funding or services as a result of the SICAP funding announced today.
Speaking during tonight's Council debate, Doolan said:
"SICAP is fundamentally flawed. The fund was subject to a cut of €742,000 in November 2014. The recent tendering process puts community against community for an ever dwindling pot of funding.
It is outrageous that these communities are now suffering because of further cuts to services already over stretched and underfunded. These communities have suffered disproportionately because of consecutive budget cuts. They continue to suffer from high unemployment, a housing crisis and a drugs crisis. We need more investment not less.
Following today's announcement staff in services across Dublin will be on protective notice. Sinn Féin will continue to work with trade unions and others to ensure no job losses.
This motion clearly puts the responsibility for the disaster of SICAP at the feet of the current Minster for the Environment, Alan Kelly. We want a clear commitment from the Minister that today's announcement will not result in job losses or services in our communities across Dublin."