Matched funding of €10 million for Dublin’s Inner City

Thu, Sep 7, 2023

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Neasa Hourigan TD Dublin Central and Cllr. Janet Horner called today for matched funding of €10 million for Dublin’s Inner City in response to the publication of Local Community Safety Partnerships Community Safety Plan Minister by Justice Helen McEntee and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohue.

Deputy Hourigan, TD for Dublin Central said:

‘The report published today is disappointing and a hugely missed opportunity. It demonstrates a lack of ambition and scope for improving community life in the heart of Dublin city. While I welcome the recent allocation of 10 million euro in funding for An Garda Síochána it is now time to do the serious work of investing in neighbourhoods and young people’s future in the city. An Garda Síochána has already received this much needed funding boost which will greatly benefit community policing and diversion programmes, although it remains unclear whether it has the capacity to staff the overtime required.’

Cllr Janet Horner, councillor for Dublin North Inner City said:

‘In the past weeks, we have seen huge money pledged to increase policing to address safety in the city but we need to see even greater investment and commitment to resolving the social, economic and health issues at the root of many of these problems. We need more of a focus on creating meaningful opportunities for young people, diverting people away from crime and antisocial behaviour. Addressing the sources of these issues before they manifest as criminality and antisocial behaviour is better for communities, better for the people involved and a more effective use of Garda resources’

In criticising the response of the Ministers and Community Safety Plan Deputy Hourigan set out a number of ways in which matched funding could be utilised to address current challenges in the city and move our vision for living in the centre of Dublin away from a purely policing model.

Deputy Hourigan, TD for Dublin Central said:

‘I call on the Ministers to not only provide this matched funding but consider a more significant annual commitment to investing in non-policing led community initiatives for those living in the inner city than exists at present. It is a wonderful place to live but we can do better.’