Funding for essential social services like the FAB Community and Family Resource Centre and the Wexford Women's Refuge must be provided according to the Sinn Féin candidate for the European South Constituency. During a visit to Wexford last week, Liadh Ní Riada said that she was extremely impressed with the work being carried out at these centres and planned to push for adequate European funding to be made available for them.
Local Sinn Féin Cllr Anthony Kelly said that the resources provided by places like the FAB centre had to be protected from further cuts.
"The Open Minds project is just one of the many fantastic schemes being ran out of the FAB centre," Cllr Kelly said, "Tackling mental health issues and the stigma around suicide is of fundamental importance to Irish society today. Open Minds, like many of the initiatives being organised in the FAB centre, plays an important role in the local area and the town at large."
"Community projects have been starved of funding under the harsh austerity programme of this government and their Fianna Fail predecessors. Only last year we saw Wexford's Women's Refuge shut down for thirteen weeks because of a lack of funding. That centre is packed to capacity these days. Instead of introducing cost saving temporary closures, more funding should be made available to allow it to expand."
"We in Sinn Féin have fought tooth and nail against the tide of austerity. We have put forward alternatives and argued for sustainable investment in worthy projects. Our local European candidate, Liadh Ní Riada, will go to the European Parliament with a mandate to continue that fight over there and with a desire and ability to access unused, available EU funds."