Workers Party Councillor Ted Tynan has said that the ending of the Community Warden Scheme in Cork City next September
will have major adverse effect in disadvantaged areas in the city and will put vulnerable people at risk, particularly the
Cllr. Tynan said that the five wardens, employed under the RAPID scheme, will be left go when their contracts run out
next September and will create a void in an important service for communities in the city.
“The Community Warden Scheme has been an outstanding success since it began some years ago and has played an important
role in the areas covered, three of them on the Northside of the city and two on the Southside. The community wardens carry
out a variety of roles including keeping an eye on elderly people, guarding against illegal dumping and active engagement
with young people and communities. During last winter’s freeze-up the wardens
did Trojan work providing water for people and looking in on elderly and vulnerable people”, said Cllr. Tynan.
“This is a cut too far. Central funding for the scheme has dried
up and Cork City Council, which has already had its own budget cut, has chosen to let the wardens go. Their priorities are all wrong as is clear from the recent decision to spend €400,000 on the so-called
sky garden. That money could keep the community wardens in place and properly
fund their service. This decision is another sign that working class communities
are being thrown to the wolves so satisfy bankers and the EU/IMF”.
Cllr. Tynan said that he and a number of other councillors would be demanding the suspension of standing orders at next
Monday night’s city council meeting to have the issue discussed.
Issued 22nd June 2011