SINN Féin Councillor Jonathan O’Brien has expressed concern about the future of the Community Development Project in Farranree, after it became known that a number of staff at the project had been let go.
Cllr O’Brien said, “The CDP is an invaluable asset to this area, and is one of its largest employers. It provides a range of services including childcare, after-school services, assistance with jobseeking and CV preparation, and support to ex-prisoners and families at risk.
“In the current economic climate, the work of the project in tackling poverty and disadvantage has never been more vital.
“Due to government cutbacks the project has this month been forced to let go two members of staff. I have since received a large volume of phone calls and personal approaches from local residents concerned about the project’s future.
“It is critical for the community that this project be sustained. In a week dominated by the squabbling among Fianna Fáil ministers, it is in communities like Farranree that the effects of their failed economic policies are being felt most,” he said.