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Allocation of Ability Programme funding graphically highlights neglect of North West - Pearse Doherty TD

9 June, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said the allocation of €16 million under the Ability Programme for young people with disabilities graphically highlights the state’s neglect of the North West when shown on a map.

Speaking today Teachta Doherty said;

“We in the North West are acutely aware of the state’s neglect of this region but the graphic doing the rounds on social media is shocking all the same.

“Just one allocation of funding was provided north of a line from Dublin to Galway with nothing in Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo or Donegal.

"I'm keenly aware that there was a very good proposal made by a group in Donegal that I along with the group and other public reps met the Minister with in the last few weeks.

"This announcement will come as a severe blow to the groups in Donegal who have provided services the people of Donegal without any state support for over a decade.

"The Minister must reassess this allocation and ensure that those with disabilities in the North West are not ignored.

“Does the government believe that we have no young disabled people in this region?

“This is a disgrace and I will be raising it with the Minister when the Dáil resumes next week.”


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