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Social Regeneration Fund in Ballymun cannot be axed – Reilly

9 August, 2016

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Noeleen Reilly has said that it is vitally important that the Social Regeneration fund in Ballymun is not axed in 2017 as planned.

Speaking from Ballymun, Cllr Reilly said:

“The Regeneration in Ballymun was about much more than the replacement of the flats with houses and apartments.

“It was about Social, Economic and Physical regeneration.  Much of that work has not been completed particularly in the area of Economic and Social Regeneration.

“The government is investing funds in other areas of the city to combat social disadvantage while removing those resources from the community in Ballymun.

“It is totally unacceptable and to be honest makes no sense whatsoever.

“It goes against everything the government are saying about the North Inner City at the moment.

“The €1.7m which will be invested up until 2017 goes towards 17 different organisations in the area which cover a wide range of services.

“The fund is used to help the most marginalised people in Ballymun, particularly young people, helping them with after school programmes, making the transition from primary to secondary school easier and also developing talents in the areas music, dance, art and sport.

“I am calling on Minister Simon Coveney to give a commitment that this funding will be continued in future years to continue the social regeneration in Ballymun.”

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