Fianna Fáil Cllr Paul McAuliffe has criticized the government for overseeing a €742,000 cutback to funding for local community groups and partnerships in Dublin City. The Fianna Fáil Group Leader on Dublin City Council says the current tendering process for such organisations is a farce and was designed to introduce significant cutbacks through the backdoor.

Cllr McAuliffe commented, “Today Dublin City Council’s Local Community Development Committee is set to announce the results of a tendering process to fund social, community and enterprise support programmes. The announcement will deliver a €742,000 funding cutback and will a massive blow to four Partnership companies in the City. Minister Kelly has designed a complicated tendering process aimed at implementing cutbacks to the funding for community groups through the backdoor.

“It is unfortunate that Minister Kelly could not be upfront about his intention to deliver a significant blow to community organisations by overseeing funding cuts. Instead the Minister decided to design a phony tendering process that has pitched different community organisations against each other. The Government’s sneaky handling of the entire process has been a gross waste of effort, energy and resources.

Cllr McAulliffe went on to detail how community organisations will struggle to stay afloat following the latest round of funding cuts. “In my own locality there are two partnership companies, Tolka Area Partnership and Ballymun Whitehall Partnership, that have been forced to tender for the same contract. Today one of these organisations will have serious issues to consider including redundancy or transfer related staff and closure programmes. As a Director of the Ballymun Partnership it remains unclear to me what will happen to the staff and community programmes that currently operate in areas like Finglas and Ballymun. The government knows that these organisations are struggling to stay afloat yet it is proceeding with overseeing a significant reduction in funding regardless.

The local groups and partnerships that have been subject to further funding cuts provide an invaluable service to communities across Dublin City. I am calling on the Minister to review his decision to cut funding to community organisations. These groups are already struggling to survive and a further round of funding cuts will be a devastating blow. The Minister needs to put in place a support process that will inform the affected organisations what legal implications and options they now have” said Cllr McAuliffe