“The decision by Minister Alan Kelly to allocate interim funding to the National Collective of Community based Women’s Networks is to be welcomed, but under no circumstances should there be any further cuts to their allocation”. This was stated by Independent MEP Marian Harkin following the announcement by Minister Kelly to continue the funding in the short term.
“Already there have been cuts of 35% to date, yet the value for money that is gained by the €1.3 million investment at a national level is astonishing. For every €1 invested there is a return of more than €5 – that kind of return is not available in any bank or financial institution.
“Women’s groups such as Blaney Blades and Dochas Drop-In Centre in Monaghan; Roscommon Women’s Network; North Leitrim Women’s Centre; Donegal Women’s Network; Claremorris Women’s Group; Clare Women’s Network and Women’s Community Projects, Mullingar, through voluntary effort, provide invaluable services to the community and help to maintain some basic level of services amid all the cut backs. Voluntary groups serve our communities; they deliver incredible value for money and contribute in a real and meaningful way to social inclusion and social cohesion.
“To cut back on these services is not just a retrograde step, it is a really bad policy decision that will have a hugely negative impact on the lives of many people and their families”, Marian Harkin concluded.