Press Release

Hanafin allocates £1 million to projects for Children at risk

Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin T.D., has today (Thursday, December 20th, 2001) allocated £1 million to education projects nationwide, for children at risk in disadvantaged areas.

“Education is the key to guaranteeing a positive future for children, and this £1 million will specifically target young people who might otherwise drop out of school,” Minister Hanafin said.

“The fund is devised to cater for those projects which do not fit neatly into existing schemes and, while education-based, also have a strong foothold in the areas of health and justice,” she added.

Key projects which have benefited from today´s announcement include:

  • £250,000 for the Village Project in Finglas, which is an assessment and education unit for young boys;
  • £172,000 for Teenage Parent projects in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Dublin;
  • £280,000 for stay at school projects, including homework clubs and out of school activities;
  • £42,000 for young travellers education projects.
  • Other schemes include Family School Liaison Projects in Monaghan, Louth, Galway, and Youth Leaderships Projects in Donegal and Sligo.

“This £1 million will greatly assist schools, communities and families in providing enjoyable and worthwhile projects for children. Making an immediate difference to their lives now ensures that these young people will be better prepared for adult life,” concluded Mary Hanafin T.D.