McDonald calls on local Minister to prevent closure of Inner-City After School Project

Sinn Féin Leader elect and Local TD Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to urgently provide a long-term viable funding plan to avoid the imminent closure of the Community After Schools Project (C.A.S.P.R) in Dublin’s north inner-city.  Dublin Sinn Féin Councillors’ Gaye Fagan and Janice Boylan have also been working with the group to avoid its possible closure.

Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald said,

“My Dublin City Council constituency colleagues and I been working closely with this project for some time, and we have witnessed at first hand the invaluable service to the local community. Management are deeply concerned that they will be forced to close in the coming months as a direct result of Government policy changes. The bottom line is our community cannot afford to see the doors closed on this project.

“I’ve written to Minister Donohoe calling on him to immediately to rectify the funding shortages to develop a long-term viable funding stream for C.A.S.P.R. Following the recent Mulvey report recommendations overseen by the Department of An Taoiseach, the Government promised to prioritise the needs of the north inner-city community. Minister Donohoe and his colleagues now need to take action to ensure that this valuable community resource is protected.

“This community deserves more than tea and sympathy from Government. Minister Donohoe as a local Minister has a particular responsibility to the people of the north inner city. He has seen first-hand the devastating impacts of the historic social and economic challenges this area faces. It is projects like C.A.S.P.R that provide inter-generational positive change. It is unacceptable, particularly in light of current Government commitments to the north inner city, that there should be uncertainty about the future of the project as a result of funding shortages.” ENDS