Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has today welcomed the announcement of funding towards community youth groups across Lucan, Clondalkin, Newcastle, Saggart, Rathcoole, Palmerstown and Brittas.
The funding which is being allocated by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is being made available to allow clubs buy valuable equipment which will support their work with young people.
Commenting on the funding, Fitzgerald said: “This equipment fund is being launched in recognition of the significant development work undertaken by these local youth groups in 2017.
“Each group should consult with its young members to ascertain their opinions on what equipment might be needed and how it will directly benefit them.
“Local groups and volunteers do invaluable work with the young people of our communities and I am delighted this funding will go some way to help them in their excellent work. I hope that the impact of this equipment fund will be significant for the groups, and I hope it will greatly enhance the experience of our local young participants.
“More than 1,700 community youth groups around Ireland are set to benefit from the new €6.35m equipment fund, the first of its kind form the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Locally, the fund of nearly €400,000 is being advertised and administered by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB.
“Fine Gael in Government is committed to creating a Republic of Opportunity by offering a helping hand when it’s needed and helping communities reach their full potential.”