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Mayor of South County Dublin Calls on Incoming Government to Invest in Communities

3 March, 2016 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Sarah Holland, has asked that the incoming Government review the cuts to community organisations which left local groups and essential services high and dry.

She said

“Throughout my term as Mayor, the issue of funding cuts has come up time and time again.

I met with family resource centre managers who were getting by only on the goodwill of local volunteers.

Family Resource centres offer an essential service, and are mostly used by female lone parents.

Lone parents are one of the most marginalised groups in Ireland, and the cuts to lone parent benefit meant many had to leave work due to the onerous cost of childcare, and are now relying on local services to stay in touch with the community.

The resource centres offer courses, advice and counselling and importantly, small crèches to give the parents the time to study or just talk.

They need this helping hand to get into training courses and keep themselves ready to enter the workforce.”

Cllr Holland also pointed to the arrangements for drawing down funding, calling for a review into this process.

“Many of the organisations are having to waste valuable resources applying for funding on an annual basis.  This hampers planning and expansion and effectively stifles the centres and participants.

We need to start focusing on making sure that this economic recovery reaps social dividends.”

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