Friday 24 November 2017

Plan for capital's north inner city to be headed by minister

Junior Minister Damien English. Photo: Mark Condren
Junior Minister Damien English. Photo: Mark Condren Newsdesk Newsdesk

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is promising to personally supervise a new plan to regenerate Dublin's north inner city.

Mr Kenny is pledging additional funding for health, education, jobs and tackling crime in the area that has been devastated by the spate of gangland killings.

The Taoiseach says he will visit the area in the coming weeks to meet with community leaders and see what resources are needed.

He will put Junior Minister Damien English in charge of the task force for the north inner city.

Mr Kenny says the plan has to be implemented in the five-year lifespan of the Government.

"My job is to tie together the different elements of Government that can make an impact, in terms of facilities, opportunity, hope and provision of opportunities for those people in inner-city Dublin.

"It means that first of all you set out to change or transform the sort of communities in which they live for their betterment, that you listen to what it is that they want," he says.

The measures Mr Kenny lists aimed at helping the area include:

  • the development of the National Drugs Strategy;
  • new legislation before the summer break on prescription drugs;
  • housing improvements;
  • educational facilities.

Mr Kenny says he will visit the area in the coming weeks with the Justice Minister, Education Minister and Public Spending Minister.

"The community leaders are the ones I'm really interested in: tell me what you want, show me how we can make a difference to what you are doing here with young people."

Irish Independent

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