Not good enough that Raphoe Community Playgroup is left in limbo – Doherty

SINN FÉIN TD Pearse Doherty has said it’s not good enough that staff and families using the Raphoe Community Playgroup remain in limbo over its future.

The playgroup is facing closure next month because of the presence of defective blocks in the building and temporary accommodation is being sought locally.

Deputy Doherty raised the matter during a Dáil debate on Thursday and said the government had not provided any support or advice for such community organisations affected by this crisis.


“They are not included in your government’s already flawed redress grant and they are not alone, many community organisations in Donegal are in the same position,” he said.

“This is the next facet of this crisis that is emerging. Where will these community organisations go when their buildings are eventually condemned?

“People in Raphoe want to know if there will be funding to rebuild things and others across the county want to know what will happen when it’s their turn to move out of their premises.”

He added: “It’s simply not good enough that staff and parents are left in limbo.

“The playgroup itself has identified a place where one of their rooms could relocate to on a temporary basis but this still has to be approved by Tusla and that still hasn’t happened.

“Also, the fact is that the town of Raphoe wants their designated permanent playgroup building that they raised money to build.

“They rightfully will not settle for anything less and I support them in that”.


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