Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has written to the Environment Minister seeking an explanation for the Department’s decision to withhold funding for a community centre in Drumillard, which was proposed as an integral part of the recently constructed housing facility for people with special needs.

Deputy Smyth commented, “Despite providing funding for the 18 unit housing facility in Drumillard, the Department is refusing to release funds for the completion of a community centre, which will facilitate the interaction and training of the residents, enabling them to live independently.

“Construction of the community centre had already begun before the Department decided to withhold funding for the project. This latest move by the Department prevents potential residents from moving into housing facility as it is essentially a building site, and unsuitable for people with special needs.

“The position the Department has adopted is truly incomprehensible. The decision to withhold funding is delaying the completion of the project and preventing the residents from moving in.

“I am calling on Minister Alan Kelly to intervene and release the funding for this project. We cannot afford to delay on this project.  We need to ensure that progress is made before planning permission for the community facility expires and the residents of Drumillard are left with just a large hole in the ground.

“We cannot let senseless Department bureaucracy get in the way of ensuring that these people have a safe, secure and suitable home to live in”.