Local Fine Gael Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, was given a warm welcome in Palmerstown as she arrived to officially open their new Youth Café this week. The service which recently started operating out of the Palmerstown Sports and Community Centre was opened with financial support from her office, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
“It’s such an honour to be here in the heart of my constituency to open this fantastic new service for the area. It’s quite obvious that you have managed to create a fun and safe space for our young people in this well-used centre. Foroige’s Regional Youth Office, Claire Hutchinson, has put enormous effort in to establishing the Palmerstown youth club and I was delighted to make funding available for their latest project – the Palmerstown Youth Café,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the launch.
“Over two years ago I conducted a door-to-door survey asking residents throughout Palmerstown if there was a need for a youth café. The response was overwhelming and I was delighted, in my new role as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, to be able to help that idea become a reality by allocating funding towards this project,” said Fitzgerald.
“As a local representative for the area it gives me great pleasure to open a new service for the community. The Community Council, the Foroige Leaders and the young people themselves have worked tirelessly to create a successful youth-focused service for Palmerstown,” Fitzgerald stating during her official address at the event.
“There is no doubt about it, we are living through tough times at the moment and its tough on our children, teenagers and young people. We need to ensure that despite the economic conditions we continue to invest in the next generation. We’ve had a fantastic production of alternative Red Riding Hood here tonight and I was just thinking as I watched these confident, talented young people on stage, that it is so positive that they are being given the opportunity to develop their skills like this. It’s a great learning experience for them and you can clearly see how much they all enjoy it,” continued Fitzgerald.
“Well done to all those who made tonight’s official opening possible and I wish you all continued success and look forward to continuing to support this youth café and families right across Palmerstown and Lucan,” concluded Fitzgerald.