Staff at a Tallaght community centre are staging a sit-in protest after being told that the centre was to close without notice last week.

The staff of Brookfield Youth and Community Centre (BYCC) were informed on Friday, September 29, that the company that operates the centre would cease trading and all employees were to be made redundant with immediate effect.

No prior notice was given to staff, who were also informed that the locks would be changed an hour after the notice was given.

In a statement, the staff of BYCC said that the centre provides vital services to the area.

“BYCC provides a vital service to the community with five workers collectively having 50 years’ community experience between them.

“BYCC provides much-needed services/facilities for the community and young people (aged 10-21 years) in a disadvantaged area of Tallaght.

“Foroige/Tallaght Youth Service and Dublin Dun Laoighaire Education Training Board are anchor tenants in the building providing resources/training/programmes.