16th October 2013, Wednesday
Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent has stated that the seven austerity budgets, delivered by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil, have devastated organisations that provide a strategic locally-based response to the drugs problems in Cork City.
Cllr. Nugent said:
“I have been contacted by organisations such as Cork Local Drugs Task Force about the significant impact that cuts are having on the vital drug and alcohol services that they provide. Their budget has been reduced by €453,148 (23%) since to 2008.”
“The organisation has seen funding pulled from seven project over the last five years. There is a very real fear that any further cuts will lead to closure of many other important projects.”
“The Local Drugs Task Force has been doing amazing work in Cork City since it’s foundation in 1997. It is an absolute disgrace their funding and resources have been targeted by successive government’s that are completely detached from the reality on the ground when it comes these issues.
“These organisations perform a crucial societal function. Drugs and alcohol services are not a luxury that can be simply discarded when it suits the people at the top. If the government takes these problems seriously then they should ensure that they are adequately funded.”