On December 06 Fine Gaels Francis Fitzgerald announced that a grant of €178,000 was approved for the South Clondalkin GAA club Round Towers. A week later Labour cllr Breeda Bonner announced that €50,000 was to be given to North Clondalkins Community Safety Fora. The current unemployment rate in North Clondalkin is over 55%. The populations of both areas are similar with approximately 35,000 living in both parts. Just to put things into there proper context, last year North Clondalkin soccer club St Mark's Rangers FC had to rely on a donation of €5,000 from a multi-millionaire, the ‘Secret millionaire’, John Corcoran, in order to have a new training kit. The statistics speak for themselves. Labour cllr Breeda Bonner is also a member of the Round Towers GAA club.
Community Safety Fora funding secured: Wednesday 12 December, 2012
I welcome the allocation of €50,000 towards the Clondalkin Local Drugs Task Force for 2013 .This allocation will help to secure the long term sustainability of community safety initiatives developed by the community safety fora in North Clondalkin and South West Clondalkin.
Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that a grant of €178,000 was approved for the Clondalkin Round Towers GAA Club at the weekend.
“This funding is a huge boost to the Round Towers and builds on the massive voluntary efforts and fundraising already done by the Club. This is the first Sports Capital Grant Programme in four years and it is fantastic news that the Round Towers are set to benefit to the tune of €178,000. This money, together with the member’s contributions and their fundraising will enable the club to complete the development of the Monastery Roads Grounds,” explained Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
According to her website the Labour Cllr is a member of the Round Towers Club - "A working mother of two teenage children, with deep roots in the community, Cllr. Bonner is an active member of numerous groups in the community, including Round Tower GAA club and Áras Chrónáin, and has a very keen insight into the lives of people in the area."
Cllr Breeda Bonner & Francis Fitzgerald enjoying a night out at Round Towers GAA club to celebrate the allocation of a grant of €178,000 for Round Towers GAA club in South Clondalkin.
Prior to the General Election in 2011 a number of Labour Party members raised the issue of the importance of Community Employment schemes, and the ‘perceived threat to cuts’, but the SIPTU Communitys analysis of the 2013 budget shows quite clearly that the cuts announced recently by the Labour Partys Joan Burton are quite real, and are in fact a continuation of the cuts and attacks of the previous government..
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Deputy Joanna Tuffy: I wish to raise the perceived threat of cuts to community employment schemes and job initiative schemes in Clondalkin in the forthcoming budget. Along with other public representatives I recently attended a meeting in the Clondalkin Education & Employment Development Services, CEEDS, centre in north Clondalkin. It is based in Áras Rualach.
SIPTU Community – December-12-2012
Fears over future of community services as LCDP budget slashed
The future of vital community services are in doubt after the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DCELG) informed fifty Local & Community Development Programme (LCDP) projects that their budgets would be cut by between 7% and 11%. This cut follows the continuing decline in LCDP funding from €84.7 million in 2008 to €49 million in 2013, a cut of 42% in total.
The micro-economics would mean that €178,000 would have kept approximately 15 people employed in Community Schemes for a full year.
Even Wille O’Dea could afford to crack a joke about the Community Employment schemes under Labour and Fine Gael when he refered them back to their pre-election promises –
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Deputy Willie O'Dea: There is a commitment in the programme for Government for the Pathways to Work proposals to target realigning one third of community employment schemes towards labour market activation measures. What is the position on this? There is also a commitment, incidentally, in the Fine Gael election manifesto - a historic document which will no doubt be preserved in the archives in Dublin Castle or someplace - which states on the specific expansion of 5,000 community employment schemes:
This will offer community employment places to people currently on the live register. We will reform community employment to make it more market-orientated with many more placements in private sector businesses. With this aim in mind, we will cut the length of the standard community employment scheme to six months, except for specific progression purposes, and strengthen the programme with regard to job search support.
What has happened to this commitment?