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Retiring supervisor of Mayfield Community Enterprises Limited must be replaced – O’Brien

30 May, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central Jonathan O’Brien said the position of supervisor of Mayfield Community Enterprises Limited (MCEL) must be replaced when the current supervisor retires in September.

Deputy O’Brien raised the matter with Minister Alex White today after being contacted by representatives of MCEL who had concerns about the decision not to replace the retiring supervisor. He said the decision will possibly affect the delivery of CE Schemes in Cork City.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“Mayfield Community Enterprises Ltd was established in 2001 to coordinate and administer the delivery of 21 CE Scheme Workers in the Mayfield area of Cork City.

“They have played a vitally important role in enhancing the capacity of the volunteer sector by working closely with a range of community based organisations in what is a large residential area in the North of Cork City which has been blighted by unemployment.

“Mayfield has benefitted greatly from these CE Schemes and the oversight provided by MCEL, and they have helped give a sense of pride back to the local community.

“Earlier this week, representatives’ of host groups attended a meeting where they were told by a senior FÁS official that when the current Supervisor retires in September he will not be replaced and Mayfield Community Enterprises Ltd will be broken up into three separate schemes that will be based outside of Mayfield.

“While no CE employees will lose their jobs as a result of this decision, there will be implications arising from the fact that the administration of CE schemes serving the Mayfield community will no longer be centralised in that locality.

“This decision makes no sense and will undermine the effectiveness of the CE schemes currently administrated by MCEL and today I challenged Minister Alex White to reverse this decision.

“He has confirmed that additional meetings are to take place with the Board of MCEL to try and ensure there will be no downgrading of the existing services and this engagement should be expanded to include all of the host groups that would be affected by the loss of the supervisor position.”


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