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Inner City Initiative ‘welcome, but only a foundation’ – McDonald

16 February, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking this evening after the launch of the North East Inner City Initiative, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said that while the Initiative contained some interesting and positive ideas, she was concerned that the funding made available was a drop in the ocean and that the lack of community engagement was worrying.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“After attending the launch tonight, I welcome the North East Inner City Initiative. The area is in need of long term investment and continued commitment. This Initiative must signal a policy shift in terms of how the inner city is viewed. 

“There are interesting and positive ideas in the report and I acknowledge the good work of Mr Kieran Mulvey in drawing up the Initiative.

“I especially welcome the renewed public commitment to the redevelopment of Rutland St school;  there is an expectation that this commitment will be honoured. 

“However, this report is just a foundation that will require expansion and updating as the process advances. As it stands, the Initiative is not a comprehensive programme for change. I believe that the additional funding of €5million allocated is but a drop in the ocean of what is required. 

“Much more work needs to be done in housing, education and job opportunities in the area. 

“One particular shortfall is in the area of community engagement. This was articulated to An Taoiseach and Mr Mulvey at the launch by those from the community. The only way that such a project of long term regeneration can be successful is through healthy consultation and equal partnership with the community.” 

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