Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kelly welcomes Refuge talks

Wexford Sinn Fein Cllr Anthony Kelly has welcomed the news that talks are now taking place between the board of management and the unions to discuss the future of the women's refuge centre in Wexford.

Commenting  on the budget overspend at the Centre, Cllr Kelly said that this must not be allowed to overshadow the main priority of the centre which is the protection and retention of the vital services that the centre provides to the women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

"Now more than ever in this present economic climate and continued austerity budgets from the present Government, services such as the refuge centre play a vital role in the community," Cllr Kelly said.  "Financial pressures are a contributing factor in family relationships coming under severe pressure."

The Sinn Féin Councillor is reiterating his call on Ministers Howlin and Kehoe to not allow this refuge centre close and to prevent any reductions in service there.  

"How can you put a monetary value on such a vital service?" Cllr Kelly asked. 

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