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Crowe calls for reversal of decision to let community jobs go in Tallaght

21 June, 2005


Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has called on FÁS to reverse their decision to let 28 Jobs Initiative workers go in the Tallaght area. Deputy Crowe said the decision "contradicts an announcement made by the Minister for Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin in November when he said there was to be no more compulsory losses of jobs from the Jobs Initiative Programme."

Speaking in Tallaght today he said, "Today I learned that due to the resignation of the management board of the Tallaght Community Development Initiative FÁS have decided to let go some 28 community workers from the Jobs Initiative programme. This decision contradicts an announcement made by the Minister for Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin in November when he said there was to be no more compulsory losses of jobs from the Jobs Initiative Programme.

"If the decision is not reversed it will be a body blow to community based organisations in Tallaght. All of these employees worked for communities groups providing services for the people of Tallaght. They worked for groups such as the Citizens Info Centre, The Killinardan Community Centre, The Firhouse Resource Centre, St. Kevins Resource Centre Kilnamanagh, The Intercultural Centre, SWAN and the Tallaght Travellers.

"I am seeking a meeting with FÁS in the coming days and I will also be asking other elected representatives from the area to attend this meeting.

"There are alternative facilities available to be put in place in order to keep these jobs and they should be used. I am calling for a complete reversal of this decision and I will attempt to get the Minister to respond to this in the Dáil tomorrow." ENDS

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