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EU vote will have huge implications for local voluntary and community sectors – Jennifer McCann

27 June, 2016 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said the result of Thursday’s European Referendum vote has huge implications for the voluntary and community sector in the North. 

The West Belfast MLA said:

“There is €270m from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund along with €270m of Peace Funding that is at risk. 

“Major cross-border programmes under interreg are also threatened while disability groups, women’s organisations, victim and survivors groups and bodies that deliver a wide range of essential front line services will be impacted upon.

“Peace funding that promoted and facilitated reconciliation and cohesion programmes between people from different community backgrounds will not happen.

“No one can be under any illusion of the serious impact this will have on communities right across the North and in Ireland as a whole. 

“A Tory government that have already targeted cuts to the most vulnerable and marginalised in society will not return any extra money diverted from Europe into the North. Anyone who believes this will happen are fooling themselves.

“All parties must show a united front and protect the interests of all the people, the majority of who voted to remain, that we represent here in the North.”

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