01 July 2013

Fitzgerald Unveils New Youth Bus

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has unveiled Clondalkin Youth Services’ brand new bus in the presence of over 70 young people between 14- 17 years of age, taking part in Junior Leadership training. The new bus will cater to local youth services in Clondalkin including Bawnogue, Deansrath, Knockitten and Clondalkin village.
“I am delighted to celebrate Clondalkin Youth Service’s achievement of raising funds to buy a new bus. Their old maroon and green ‘Barney Bus’ was well known in the area and the new colourful design on this bus has already earned the nickname ‘The Splash’. I know this bus will be put to great use; from taking young people to training opportunities, volunteering activities and vocational weekends,” stated Minister Fitzgerald. 
“I also had the privilege of meeting some of the 70 young people participating in Junior Leadership training on the day. It is fantastic to see a new generation, eager to engage with their community and make a difference through the youth service. I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to drop into one of the local youth centres for more information,” said Fitzgerald.
Clondalkin Youth Service provides support to young people across the area through youth groups, after school clubs, personal development training, youth cafĂ©’s and information on education and training opportunities.

“We are fortunate to have passionate and dedicated youth workers who provide such a great resource for young people in Clondalkin. In spite of restraints on resources I, as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, was able to provide €1.5million in funding for Clondalkin and Lucan Youth Services,” said Fitzgerald.
“I have also written to EU Council President, Herman Van Rompuy on behalf of my fellow European Youth Ministers to highlight the value of youth work and its potential to respond to the challenge of youth unemployment in particular. I am lucky to have had such motivated youth workers in my constituency, illustrating the ability of Youth Services to meet the needs of young people and I look forward to working with local and national organisations to support the work they do,” concluded Fitzgerald.