More than €73,000 is being provided to youth clubs and services in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Lucan under a grant scheme announced by local Minister Katherine Zappone. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said the money is being used for small capital works at each of the six clubs selected. It will boost services for those working with young people combating  addiction, younger members of the travelling community as well as those providing sports, recreation and other activities in our local areas.

Announcing the funding Minister Zappone added: “Each of the local services receiving the money will be able to use it for  small building works – including upgrades of meeting rooms, kitchens and  bathrooms. The fact that so much funding has once again been allocated to the SDCC area is a tribute to the dedication, passion and  skills of those youth leaders working with our teenagers and young people. They are literally transforming lives. The largest local grant (€20,000) is going to CARP which operates supports  for young people with addictions from its base in Killinarden. There is also significant funding of  €5,198.81 for the Tallaght Travellers Youth Service as well as organisations in Lucan, Clondalkin and Ronanstown including Lucan Youth Service €10,540.61, Youth Workers Ronanstown €9,978.70, Ronanstown Youth Service €16,333.05 and Clondalkin Youth Service €11,073.82″.

Zappone concluded “I am confident the grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved. In particular they will improve physical facilities.”