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Dismissive attitude of Minister Phelan toward job losses and cuts to disability services a disgrace-Ó Snodaigh

27 May, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking today on the government’s process of putting community services to tender Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said that Minister Ann Phelan’s attitude in the Dáil when responding to questions during a topical debate on those very processes was a ‘disgrace.’

Ó Snodaigh said:

“Rather than deal with the fact this government’s decision to put community services to tender via the SICAP (Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme) process with the resultant job losses and possibly the full loss of the DMAP (Disability Mainstream Access Project) service in Dublin 12 Minister Phelan tried to deflect the blame.

“Instead of addressing the issue of job loses the minister chose to recite the SICAP process which both I and the house are fully aware of and continued to lay blame at the LCDC’s (Local Community Development Committees) door.

He continued:

“In the case of the DMAP, a small service which works with those with disabilities in the Dublin 12 area, there has already been one such job loss when a part-time co-ordinator was laid off earlier this month due to the fact that €30,000 of their funding was cut.

“This was a direct result of the tendering process imposed on the umbrella partnership groups by Minister Alan Kelly.

“In February the same Minister had promised the Dáil that the government would address any issues that arise in the area of service provision to ensure people will receive the services they need.

“I am now calling on the senior minister to intervene and respond positively, and to protect the services of DMAP by restoring the much needed €30,000 from the funding cut of €2million to community services as a result of the tendering process.

“To do so would protect a disability service in an area of Dublin which is recognised as severely disadvantaged whether you have a disability or not.”

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