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Youth services across Roscommon to continue over summer

Date: 19/06/2019

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Youth services across Roscommon will continue over the summer after a pledge of nearly €60,000 from the local education board.

There had been fears that some youth clubs would cease operating until the autumn after Youth Work Ireland/Midlands lost the contract to run them.

But the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) has now confirmed it will continue to fund the organisation in the amount of €57,000 for the months of July, August and September.

The announcement comes after a protest was held by over 30 young people outside the head office of the GRETB in Athenry as a board meeting took place last week . A petition signed by more than 2,000 people asking that Youth Work Ireland retain the contract to run the clubs, which are used by around 180 people, was also handed in.

Eighteen year-old Dominic Mahon from Ballaghaderreen, who is a volunteer with the group, says it’s a big success for those who took part in the protest to get the summer extension although he’s still disappointed the GRETB has decided to switch provider from October.

Credit: Shannonside.ie

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