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North Inner City task force must have community representation – McDonald

20 July, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald welcomed investment into the North Inner City announced by the Taoiseach this evening but has expressed disappointment that the task force announced will have no community representation. 

Speaking from the North Inner City this evening, Deputy McDonald said;

“I welcome the Taoiseach’s visit to the community here this evening. The investment announced will give a much needed boost to the area.  It is a pity that it has taken seven brutal killings for the government to stand up and take notice.

“I am disappointed that the task force the Taoiseach has announced is ministerial and will not have any community representation. That is not what I had envisioned when I first proposed a task force for the area.

“The addition of Kieran Mulvey as a liaison person for the task force is welcome but it will not and cannot replace community membership.

“The community needs to get a sense of ownership of the area once again.  There is no reason to exclude the community voice from membership of the task force and every reason to include the community voice on the task force.

“I am appealing to Enda Kenny to reconsider this approach and ensure that the community can take its rightful place at the centre of this new task force. This matter will be raised by me and others when we meet with the Taoiseach on Wednesday next.” 

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