€20,000 boost for Cootehill Youth Cafe, a Socially Progressive step from Government

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly welcomed the news from Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD that Cootehill Youth Cafe was to receive €20,000 in funding from the Department. The money was awarded as part of the overall allocation of €200,000 towards eighteen Youth Cafe’s across Ireland. This forms part of the €1.5 million allocation to her Department under the Government’s Capital Review Programme.

Speaking After the announcement the Deputy said ‘The allocation of €20,000 from the Department towards the Youth Cafe in Cootehill is a very welcome step. It is important that young people in this area feel that they have a safe and welcoming place that they can go to engage with their peers after school or at the weekends. With anti-social behaviour incidents even more prevalent, Youth Cafe’s, such as the one in Cootehill, represent a progressive and socially responsible move on behalf of this Government towards tackling this issue. As part of the Government’s Capital Review published last month the capital funding available for youth project is to increase from €0.8m in 2011 to €1.5m in each of 2012 & 2013.

The development of such a project will not only be beneficial to Cootehil, but to other local towns in the Cavan and Monaghan region. It might inspire some of their communities to follow suit and consider developing their own Youth Cafes. I firmly believe that this Government has taken a positive step forward towards fostering a positive dialogue and engagement with our youth and with those who work in youth groups’ concluded the Deputy.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website