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€427,000 in funding granted for Laois and Offaly Youth Services

€47,723,693 has been allocated to youth organisations around the country by the Minister for Children Rodrick O’Gorman.

The Laois-Offaly wing has received €427,253 which is the smallest of any body.

Our neighbours Kilkenny and Carlow received €1,279,273 while Kildate and Wicklow were granted €2,175,700.

Additional funding will see National Youth Organisations benefit from an increase to some €12 million in universal funding under the Youth Services Grant Scheme.

Local youth clubs will benefit from an increase to €2.25 million.

Youth Information Centres will see an increase in allocations to services and be supported through a new nationwide programme of co-ordination and modernisation – funding of €1.57 million is being provided for this purpose.

Education and Training Boards (ETBs), like LOETB, will receive €4.6m to support their work and engagement with young people.

As the mid-level governance structure for Exchequer funded youth service provision, ETBs perform a key role in the assessment and development of youth services in their area.

The remaining investment will strengthen quality, see the development of a new youth strategy, support the important role of ETBI, and support the operations of Leargas, Gaisce – the President’s Award, EU and North/South Initiatives and the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy.

A total of €66.8 million is going to be spent on the sector and Green Party Minister Pippa Hackett, who hails from Geashill, welcomed the news.

She said: “Our young people are having a tough time being restricted at a stage in life when they should be spreading their wings.

“As a mother, I know this well. So I’m delighted that my colleague Minister Roderic O’Gorman has made funding available to their support organisations, including €427,253 for youth organisations in Laois and Offaly.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.