12 June 2012

Fitzgerald invites YOU to help shape Government policy

Local T.D. and Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has asked parents, youth workers and young people of Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Rathcoole to let her know their views on how Government can help improve the lives of young people.

“I want to hear the ideas and opinions of people interested in improving young people’s lives and I’ll be using those suggestions to help shape Government policy. The consultation I launched this week will be open until 6th July and will help inform the Children & Young People’s Policy Framework which I’m currently drafting. This Framework will set out the Government’s high level policies and priorities in relation to children and young people for the next five years,” explained Frances Fitzgerald.

“I’m asking all children and young people in our area to take the time to let me know their views. From young people and adult leaders in youth cafes in Rathcoole right through to Palmerstown, people in community centres in Clondalkin and Lucan, trainers in GAA clubs and sporting organsiations right across the area, teachers in drama and dance; please take the time to log on and let me know your views to help shape national policy,” continued Fitzgerald.

“This online consultation is open to all young people, children, parents and people who work or volunteer with children and young people and I’m particularly hopeful that our local children, clubs and organisations will engage in this process. I’m giving young people and anyone interested in improving young people’s lives, the opportunity to help inform Government Policy by engaging in this Consultation,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“To play your part in shaping Government policy on issues affecting young people, simply log on and complete the Consultation process,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

People wishing to get involved in this process are being asked to log on to www.dcya.gov.ie/Consultation-2012 or follow the links on the right hand side of the screen.

“The Department of Children & Youth Affairs now also has an online presence in the social network scene; you can link in with our Consultation2012 Twitter and Facebook pages. I do hope you’ll take the time to log on and have your say,” added Minister Fitzgerald.