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Tallaght Childhood Development Initiative must be funded by Government - Crowe

10 October, 2005

Speaking today after the launch of the Childhood Development Initiative's document "A Place for Children, Tallaght West" Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe urged the Government to provide the 15.6 million Euros needed to implement the plan.

He said, "This initiative is about taking a holistic approach to the issue of disadvantage and childhood. It is about integrating the various agencies and organisations on the ground to ensure the earliest possible intervention when a child is in trouble. In so doing the quality of childhood will be improved for these children and their opportunities for the future vastly improved.

"This is all the more important when you consider that the Haase -- Pratschake relative Affluence/Deprivation index described Tallaght South West as the most deprived of the electoral wards that make up the Tallaght partnership area. If you combine this with figures from the C.S.O, which show the age profile in South Dublin County for births, registered outside marriage to be to be almost 50% under the age of 25.

"When young lone parents have to rear their children in conditions of extreme adversity it takes its toll on the parent and the child. This is an area that has higher than average unemployment, young people on drugs and crime. It is an area that has been identified 25 years ago as a deprived area with special needs.

"The Government has been very vocal in it's support for the elimination of inequality and has initiated a RAPID Development plan for West Tallaght. While that is to be welcomed the evidence on the ground says much more is needed. If the Government is really interested in showing a commitment to areas such as Tallaght I call on them to support this initiative and provide the funding. 15.6million is a mere drop in the ocean when you compare it to 150 million spent on a computer system that doesn't even work properly." ENDS

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