Pobal funding for Community Center workers- Paul Donnelly TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin West Paul Donnelly last night question the Minister of Sate for Community Development and charities Joe O Brien on the under funding of wages to community center staff.

Teachta Donnlley said

I spoke to staff at a community centre has 8 members of staff and a coordinator, they get a grant from Pobail for about €184k for all those staff. This funding has not been increased since 2013 meaning that their funding has not even kept up with inflation.

This works out at €9.39 per hour. The national minimum wage is €10.10.

That means that the voluntary management committee and the centre manager have to look at how they will raise extra funding to cover the shortfall of 71c per hour for every member of staff.”

Deputy Donnelly who is the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Community Development went on to say,

“They have a cafe, it offers really affordable food to many people who use it not just to grab a coffee or a cup of tea and a breakfast or a sandwich but to connect with others in their community and the staff, who provide an listening ear for those who have no one to talk to when they close their front door behind them at night and supplies rooms at a minimum cost to local groups”

“This income should not be eaten into for wages when many centers are in need of repair, they need a firm commitment from you (Minister) that at the very least, funding will be provided for the community centre management committees to cover their staffing costs.

Deputy Donnelly will contine to follow up with the department on this matter.

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