20 November 2012
Fitzgerald Surprises Youth Groups in Ronanstown CYC to Join in their Celebrations for Youth Participation Day
Eleven youth groups from right across Dublin were treated to a surprise special guest during their Youth Participation Day Celebrations in Ronanstown CYC on Friday (Nov 2nd) when Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald dropped by .
The groups, which included Lucan CYC, Clondalkin CYC and Ronansotwn CYC, were joining forces to participate in a Global Justice Development Workshop and to showcase their projects on everything from women’s rights to Chernobyl. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, was the surprise special guest who met with the young people and their youth leaders. The positive initiative by CYC was supported by the National Youth Council of Ireland. The Minister was delighted to learn that those in attendance had voted on a mock Children’s Referendum.
“It’s great to be here and see the fantastic work of so many young people and the committed volunteers involved in their clubs and projects. I know you ran a mock Children’s Referendum here today and I hope that your resounding endorsement of it is a sign of things to come. It’s so important that we don’t become complacent and that everyone casts their ballots on Saturday next,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
Eddie D’Arcy, Youth Work Manager based in Ronanstown CYC, commended the young people who on being so engaged in global development issues.
“It is great to see young people so interested in world and poverty issues that they have spent the last day of their mid-term break here discussing these important topics. Over the course of the day we’ve looked at the rights and poverty situations in other countries and it was particularly interesting to do that as we approach the Children’s Referendum, which is all about giving rights to children here in Ireland. We ran a mock referendum poll here and the results were particularly encouraging,” said Eddie D’Arcy at the event.
“It is very encouraging to see so many young people from right across Dublin collaborating in workshops on Global Justice. Anti-discrimination, Trocaire and ECOUNESCO were just some of the topics covered in the workshops which I gather from speaking with so many of you were both enjoyable and educational,” concluded Minister Frances Fitzgerald.