Community Protest in Dun Laoghaire town over cut to Youth Drug Outreach Group

Protest at 1.30pm on Sunday the 21st of February – meeting at the Church wall in Dun Laoghaire

Local People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says: “The Community Sector across the country is under attack and no one is listening – it’s high time people took a stand”

The Oasis project has been operating in Mounttown, Dun Laoghaire since 1996. Following a recent review of the service the HSE has decided to remove this group’s funding.
20 years of local knowledge and the respect that these outreach workers have gained within the community has been completely undermined and disregarded. This comes on top of a cut of up to 60% of funding for DROP (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project) due to a decision by the Drug’s Task Force.

Due to government policy market mechanisms and managerialism has made its way into the community sector. This has resulted in longstanding projects such as Oasis that actually work being closed down.
People Before Profit co-hosted a meeting with the project workers on February 10th where it was agreed to mount a campaign to restore this community service, a protest was held in Mounttown on Friday 12th February.
Richard Boyd Barrett went on to say: “The cut to the Oasis project and DROP is an utter scandal. We have all this guff from the government about recovery and yet here they are allowing a real community project be slashed – a project that is actually helping vulnerable young people. Whoever took this decision should be ashamed of themselves. We need to get everyone who cares about our young people to get on the streets in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday. And this is not just about this particular cut – its about youth a drug projects throughout this country being slaughtered by people who neither understand or care about our young people”.