‘EU vote will have huge implications for local voluntary and community sectors’ – Boylan

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan said the result of the recent European Referendum vote has huge implications for the voluntary and community sector in the North. Cathal Boylan“There is €270m from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund along with €270m of Peace Funding that is at risk,” he said. “Major cross-border programmes under interreg are also threatened while disability groups, women’s organisations, victim and survivors groups and bodies that deliver a wide range of essential front line services will be impacted upon. “Peace funding that promoted and facilitated reconciliation and cohesion programmes between people from different community backgrounds will not happen. No one can be under any illusion of the serious impact this will have on communities right across Ireland. “A Tory government that has already targeted cuts to the most vulnerable and marginalised in society will not return any extra money diverted from Europe into the north. Anyone who believes this will happen is fooling themselves.
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July 2016Boylan added, “All parties must show a united front and protect the interests of all the people, the majority of who voted to remain, that we represent here in the north.”
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