2 May 2002 Edition

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Harney challenged on Community Employment schemes

South Dublin Councillor Seán Crowe on Tuesday challenged Tánaiste Mary Harney to come clean on the FF/PD government's policy with regard to Community Employment schemes. Crowe was attending a protest by Community Employment workers in Clondalkin and outside Harney's local office in protest at the decision not to renew many CE schemes.

"CE workers are at the frontline of tackling poverty and disadvantage in areas and empowering communities," said Seán Crowe. "These schemes have over the years filled a gap in service provision.

"What we have seen recently, though, is an underhanded policy of phasing out these schemes. For example, managers are being told not to replace staff or take on new workers. "The loss of these schemes will not only put thousands of CE workers back on the dole; it will also have devastating effects on communities.

"Mary Harney, as the minister with responsibility, should explain the government's policy. The loss of these schemes without an alternative being provided should not be countenanced."


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