Friday, May 2, 2014

"Mammoth local efforts in the face of state indifference"

"A common theme emerged from areas of north wexford  visited by a European election candidate this week  -  mammoth local efforts in the face of state indifference" 
This was the view expressed by Sinn Féins Liadh Ní Riada who is candidate for the South constituency and local election candidate Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin who accompanied her.

"Liadh listened to the concerns of groups as well as discussing European funding options." said Ó Súilleabháin.

"Her first stop was Kilmuckridge Family Resource Centre whose future is uncertain following a HSE plan to sell their building fover their heads for just fifty thousand euro.
Later she met with Courtowns Coastguard Jim Murphy who showed her the after effects of the storm damage to beaches and the pier and outlined the inadequate level of funding being promised as well as the misallocation of resources. 
Her final engagement was with Ray Cullen , chair of  the Talk to Tom centre, Gorey who outlined the incredible work being done in the area of suicide prevention. She later attended the gala opening of "The Sea".

"A common theme emerged from the three areas visited - mammoth local efforts in the face of state indifference" 

"It was shocking for Leah to hear of the HSE's threat to the colossal voluntary work being done in Kilmuckridge under the umbrella of the Resource Centre. Equally shocking was the total absence of any form of statutory support for Talk To Tom whose efforts have not only saved many lives but also saved the state the costs of dealing with attempted suicides. Unfortunately, the political establishment seem indifferent"

"Liadh discussed funding options and has promised that she will not only be a voice for the voiceless in Brussels but will take groups there to have their voices heard"

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