At the first Leaders’ Questions after the summer recess,  Donegal TD Thomas Pringle yesterday raised the issue of the crisis of funding for various Donegal services including many which are community-led.

“Under Fine Gael’s tenure more and more community-led projects in Donegal are under constant threat of closure due to inadequate funding from the Government and so today I’ve raised the situation facing Lifeline, ICARE and the Bluestack Foundation where funding remains scarce despite demand for their services increasing.

“Even HSE-funded services in Donegal are finding it difficult to maintain funding on the little they receive from the HSE.  Not least is the on-going debacle of the HSE’s management of the new build for the Cleary Centre which has not been earmarked for funding in the HSE’s Capital Plan for 2019 despite many assurances from Government that funding was on its way.

“To end the cycle of constant fundraising and sporadic funding from schemes, I am calling on the Government to once and for all secure long term multi-annual funding for all community-led services as well as underfunded HSE services like the Cleary Centre.

“In a country that has recently ratified the Istanbul Convention on ending violence against women and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities we should be at a point in our history where vital community services are maintained and funded in a sustainable way.

“I think it says it all that Fine Gael has allowed a situation where funding for small but important local services is sparse while overspends in the HSE reach half a billion to date” concludes Pringle.

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