13 May 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork South Central Fine Gael TD, Jerry Buttimer, has said that services for young people in Cork will be supported by new funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Deputy Buttimer was commenting following an announcement of funding for St. Kevin’s Youth Encounter Project and Foróige Mahon by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly, TD.
“Youth services are extremely important and greatly help in supporting positive activities and help to ensure that young people have every opportunity to reach their potential. It is important that facilities for these services are maintained to a high standard and I am delighted that both St. Kevin’s School and Foróige Mahon will now have funding for vital works at their respective premises.
“St. Kevin’s Youth Encounter Project provides excellent educational opportunities for young people from across Cork City. The work of all involved in the school is critical to giving young people the chance to fulfil their potential. The allocation of €10,000 will help to improve safety by providing for the installation of fire door, security door and repair of toilets.
“Foroige Mahon will receive over €16,000 which will help to provide a new gas heating system and repair a leaking roof. This will improve the building and facility where Foroige operates and it will improve the experience for both staff, volunteers and, most importantly, the young people who attend Foroige.
“This capital funding scheme will provide much needed assistance to both of these youth projects in Cork and to a total of 16 projects nationally. It will help to provide for health and safety improvements to premises and for the upgrade or refurbishment of premises. The continuation of this funding highlights the Government’s commitment to enhance the quality of services for young people.”