United approach to tackling social issues in council areas
In a joint statement, Senator Ged Nash, Cllr Paul Bell and Cllr Pio Smith are proposing that a multi agency approach to addressing disadvantaged communities and anti social behaviour within council owned neighbourhoods be enacted asap. This will require the support of both Louth County Council and Central Government.
The three Labour Politicians are presenting a proposal to LCC Chief Executive Joan Martin and Director of Housing Paddy Donnelly that will outline how the Council, Central Government, An Garda Siochana, Probation Services, NGO's, the HSE, Tusla and local residents, working collectively, can make a significant positive impact in creating communities that flourish rather than flounder.
Senator Ged Nash said "I will be working at national level, speaking to Ministers, to get resources so that agencies can work collaboratively to develop hands on initiatives aimed at strengthening communities in our town"
Cllr Bell said "Louth County Council working with members of local residents associations, active citizens , other interested residents and agency staff can partner An Garda Siochana to address ASB in council housing estates. "
Cllr Smith added, "The principle aim of the multi agency approach should be to increase educational attainment, ensure a reduction in the number of young people with a low school attendance and a decrease in the number of young people at risk of suspension/exclusion from school or involvement in ASB. We need a long term strategy rather than a reactive one that can protect women, children and families and give confidence to communities that the Gardai can protect them"
All three agree that by developing a coordinated collective response through the operation of the recommendations in this report, 'we will demonstrate the effectiveness of working together for a safer community".