Fine Gael TD Tom Hayes, has welcomed the announcement of €2.25 in capital funding which is being made available to build and develop youth cafes and to support recreational facilities in South Tipperary and beyond.
Deputy Hayes encouraged youth group and local organisations to apply for funding if they have not already done so.
“The Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD, is making €2.25 million available so that children across Ireland will have safe, drug and alcohol free places to play and to enable local communities to embark on youth projects which will deliver play facilities for our children.
“The funding will be made up of €500,000 for youth cafes this year, for which applications have already being received and are currently being assessed. One and a half million euro will go towards youth capital projects next year, including further youth cafes, and €250,000 will be available for play and recreation initiatives. This funding will be accessible, in part, through local authorities with further details of the funding scheme for these projects being announced by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs in the coming weeks.
“I would encourage local groups, clubs and organisations in Tipperary to apply for funding so that local children and young people can be given the chance to avail of a suitable place to play and an environment that facilitates growth development and physical activity”, he said.