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Varadkar must stop unwarranted interference in local MABS and Citizens Information Services - Eoin Ó Broin TD

29 March, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has called on Minister Varadkar to stop his department’s unwarranted and unwelcome interference in local MABS and Citizens Information Services (CIS).

Speaking on the issue in the Dáil last night Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Local MABS and the Citizens Information Services provide an exceptionally high quality service rooted in the community which must be protected. The current independent management of these services is drawn from the local community sector and this should be maintained.

“What concerns me most about the Minister’s proposals is that it appears to be another drive towards an excessive level of centralisation. For example, we witnessed this already with the undermining of the independence of the community development programmes. Somewhere in government there seems to be a lack of trust in local people taking decisions to manage services in the best interests of the local community.

“Minister Varadkar’s reasons for the restructuring and regionalising of these vital local services are unfounded. The Minister’s contention that there are too many board members completely misses the point about what is valuable about locally managed decision making in services such as these. In fact the large number of board members is exactly what is unique and valuable about these kinds of enterprises.

“The Minister must call a halt to the proposed restructuring plans and let MABS and CIS continue delivering grassroots support to local communities.”

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