Laois getting 'crumbs' from Government table insists Sinn Féin TD
1 Dec 2017
Laois is poor relation when it comes to Goverment spending, according to a Laois Sinn Féin TD who wants the 'discrimination' to end.
Brian Stanley claims that Laois is consistently bottom when it comes to Government funding and investment.
“Laois is the permanent poor relation when it comes to funding and investment across many areas. For example I recently spoke about Laois Youth Services who received one of the lowest allocations of funding in the entire country in 2017.
"A total of €57.4 million was provided nationally to support the provision of youth services this year and out of this Laois received just €86,803 under the Special Projects for Youth Scheme.
"This represents a paltry 0.15% of total funds allocated and once again Laois was treated shabbily.We also know that Laois has emerged as the least funded county for tourism capital grants from Fáilte Ireland, getting just €93,750, or less than 1%, from a €125 million fund between 2007 and 2014. Laois is getting crumbs from the table and this grant would have a negligible impact in promoting the county to attract visitors," he said.
He said Laois had been shortchanged in terms of cash for the voluntary sector.
"The latest example to come to my attention of Laois being short changed is in the volunteering sector. While most other counties have appropriately funded Volunteer Centres, with average annual budgets €113,000 and with some receiving over €250,000, Laois Partnership Company receives just €11,000 to deliver a basic Volunteer Information Service. They cannot continue to deliver a worthwhile service with this level of funding," he said.
The Sinn Féin TD said these and other examples prove the discrimination must end.
"This needs to change and the Government and its agencies cannot continue to treat Laois in a discriminatory fashion. The figures speak for themselves and the people of Laois are entitled to ask why this is happening on a consistent basis,” said Deputy Stanley.
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