November 7, 2023
MacManus commends work of Gort Resource Centre

MacManus commends work of Gort Resource Centre
 
Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has commended the team at Gort Resource Centre in for their work in supporting the local community. The Midlands North West representative was speaking after a recent visit to the resource centre alongside local Sinn Féin representatives Louis O’Hara and Lucina Kelly.
 
MEP MacManus said:
“I was delighted to visit Gort Resource Centre recently alongside my colleagues Louis O’Hara and Lucina Kelly. I had a very positive engagement with staff and board members there and I want to commend them for their fantastic work in supporting the local community in Gort and across South Galway.”

“Gort Resource Centre provide a wide range of supports and services from cradle to grave such as education and training, domestic abuse support services, foodcloud and counselling to name but a few. They have a very wide catchment area which covers a large part of the south Galway region and as a result the Centre is extremely busy and supports thousands of people on a yearly basis.”

“This work is vital for addressing social exclusion, poverty, assisting marginalised groups and providing equal opportunities to all. It underlines the need for Gort Resource Centre and other community sector organisations to be protected and adequately resourced so that they can continue to provide these invaluable services.”

“In particular workers in these organisations must be treated fairly. Many haven’t received a pay rise since as far back as 2008. This has led to huge recruitment issues within the sector, due to the pay disparity with workers doing the same jobs in state agencies.”

“While it is welcome that an agreement has been reached between the Government and Unions in recent weeks, this should be seen as just the first step in improving community sector workers’ conditions of employment.”
“Sinn Féin will continue to highlight the need to support resource centres and their workers in Galway and across the State.” ENDS
 
See attached photo of (L-R): Lucina Kelly, Sandra Tuohy Farrell, Brent Kelly, Annie Rozario, Chris MacManus MEP, Louis O’Hara, Frank Murray

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