Press Release

Lenihan launches the Evaluation Report on the Pilot Teen Parents Support Projects

The Minister for Children, Mr Brian Lenihan T.D., spoke today (15 Oct) about the difficulties facing teenage parents at the launch of the Evaluation Report on the Pilot Teen Parents Support Projects and the publication of thematic discussion papers on Income Support and Education at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin.

The Minister said that teenage mothers and fathers to be should not be totally reliant on their family and friends for support. “We as public servants and legislators have a crucial role to play”, said the Minister. “We must support the young parents who are sometimes faced with the very basic difficulties of housing accommodation and suitable and affordable day care facilities for their child when they want to resume their further education”.

The Minister said that as Minister with responsibility for Children, he was “delighted to witness the success of innovative projects such as Teen Parents Support Initiative which was aimed at ensuring that the child/young person develops and achieves their true and full potential in life. It is very encouraging that 76% of young parents who used the projects believed that their lives were ´much better´ or ´better´ as a result”.

The Minister said that “the Health Board Executive will take on the overall further development /expansion of the Initiative. The existing pilot projects will be supported as a mainstream service and continuing funding will be provided.”