Limerick’s Youth Receive Timely Boost from An Bord Pleanála Decision
At a time of bad news following on from bad news, exams leading to emigration, a vital positive step in assisting the next generation was taken with the grant.
The Youth Space will consolidate Limerick Youth Service’s existing northside youth projects, that currently operate in unsatisfactory conditions, into a central location that will be more accessible to the community’s young people.
‘We recognise the need for this Youth Space and the positive contribution it will make to the city’s northside communities,’ said Catherine Kelly, Director, Limerick Youth Service.
Limerick Youth Service would like to address the unfortunate rumours that have accompanied the development process.
‘Firstly, Limerick Youth Service’s city centre community hub will not be closing down and transferring to the Northside Youth Space,’ stated Ms. Kelly.
‘Limerick Youth Service has been a part of the city centre’s thriving youth community for four decades and looks forward to continuing this relationship as the city looks to ‘Limerick 2030’ and beyond,’ added Ms. Kelly.
‘The Northside Youth Space will not be a methadone treatment centre nor will it have accommodation to let,’ continued Ms. Kelly, adding that some Limerick Youth Service staff, volunteers and young people have been upset by the rumours.
The silent majority who supporter the Northside Youth Space, among them Frankie Daly, Thomondgate, point to the positive impact it will have.
‘Despite the wording of some media reports, the truth is we have received a lot of support from the community with over 400 residents signing a petition in favour of the Youth Space,’ said Mr. Daly.
Mr. Daly points Limerick Youth Service’s vast experience in providing best practice facilities and programmes for young people.
The proposed Northside Youth Space will house Ballynanty Youth Club, Ballynanty Garda Youth Diversion Project, 4th Corner: Northside Youth Cafe and the Moyross Youth and Family Support Programme.
Limerick Youth Service is happy to meet with members of the community to allay any fears or misunderstandings they may have concerning the Northside Youth Space.
The focus now is on the City Councillors to give the youth of Limerick this much needed encouragement. Limerick Youth Service await with optimism their decision to give the go ahead and not dash the hopes of so many who have their futures in front of them.
Now in its fortieth year Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.
Dermot Troy, Communications Officer, Limerick Youth Service.
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