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Cllr Mark Ward secures funding for traveller specific participatory budgeting scheme

4 November, 2016

Sinn Féin South Dublin County Cllr Mark Ward has secured funding from for a pilot traveller specific participatory budgeting scheme during the annual budgeting meeting from South Dublin County Council. This will be the first implementation of this traveller specific scheme in the country. Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which travellers can directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It will enable travellers to work with local government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

Cllr Ward said:

“I was delighted to secure these funds with the support for motion from my Sinn Féin colleagues and members of the alliance on the South Dublin County Council. In total, €38,000 was secured.

“This money will used to create a pilot participatory budgeting scheme for travellers. This money was secured from money set aside for councillors’ expenses.

“The workings off this scheme will be worked out over the coming months by engaging with all the relevant stakeholders.

“This scheme will allow travellers to take part in the democratic deliberation and decision-making process that will have direct implications for their own community. This represents a step towards empowering travellers and giving them a sense of ownership within their county.

“I am a member of the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee within South Dublin County Council and have engaged with travellers from the development programmes and also directly on sites. There is a sense of apathy and detachment amongst the ordinary travellers towards local Government.

“This pilot scheme will be designed to encourage travellers to engage with local government and increase traveller’s knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of government officials.

“The adoption of this pilot scheme will be the first of its kind in the country for travellers. It will increase social justice by providing a platform for travellers who are traditionally excluded members of society to have a voice in decision-making processes leading to more just and needs-based governance.”

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