Sinn Féin MLA’s call on Ritchie to extend funding to 2009
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA's Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney have called on DSD Minister Margaret Ritchie to extend the funding to community groups until March 2009 to allow for negotiations to protect the community projects.
In a joint statement the Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney said:
"We are calling on DSD Minister Margaret Ritchie to extend funding until March 2009 to Community Groups facing an end to funding and the loss of numerous jobs. These groups provide essential welfare services to the community and it is imperative that every avenue is exhausted in order to preserve them.
"Time must be made available so that negotiations can begin to protect the projects and the jobs associated with them. This extension was originally promised and should be reinstated." ENDS