19 December 2011

10,000 for local youth cafes

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced the allocation of funding for two local youth projects. The youth cafes, based in Clondalkin village and Palmerstown, are set to receive funding of €5,000 each to support their youth projects.

“I have always been supportive of youth projects in our area and am delighted to be able to allocate funding to invest in two local youth cafes,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

“The brand new facility in Palmerstown has recently opened its doors to the young people of the area. Claire Hutchinson from Foroige has been busy energising the local community in her efforts to get this café up and running and I know it will continue to be a huge success,” explained the Minister.

“I recently visited the Clondalkin Youth Service and met with the young people involved in the centre. The Youth Café, which is run out of the VEC centre in the heart of the village is a fantastic facility for young people throughout Clondalkin. Under the sterling leadership of Vincent Jackson the staff at Clondalkin Youth Service offer fantastic opportunities for our young people,” continued Fitzgerald.

“Youth café’s are modern and proven method of engaging with young people and providing them with a safe and fun space to hang out in. We are very lucky in this area to have so many facilities for young people, with Rathcoole recently opening another youth café and established cafes continuing to attract young people through their doors in Bawnogue and Deansrath as well as Knockmitten and Lucan,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

“The money I have made available to the youth cafes in Palmerstown and Clondalkin village will be used to improve the facilities and I look forward to watching them grow and grow,” concluded Fitzgerald.