McEntee congratulates Meath/Louth ETB on securing €189,000 for Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme in Meath

18th December 2017

Meath East Fine Gael T.D. and the Minister for European Affairs, Helen
McEntee, has congratulated Meath and Louth ETB and its Chief
Executive, Martin O’Brien from Kilbeg, on securing funding of €189,000
under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme for Youth Cubs in Meath.

Over €189,000 in funds benefiting Meath youth projects across was
recently announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr
Katherine Zappone, under a scheme administered by the local ETBs like
Meath and Louth under the leadership of its Chief Executive Martin
O’Brien.

The Scheme was developed to support the work of local volunteers, to
enhance the experience of younger members of the community, and to
provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups.

Minister McEntee said: “This funding will be a great benefit to youth
clubs and youth projects here in Meath over the coming year. The
grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports
and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the
grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable
to them.The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the
youth clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their
activities.

“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very
important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous
benefit to the entire community. It was a pleasure to work directly
with many of the youth club volunteers during this process, and to see
first hand their valuable work,” the Meath East Fine Gael T.D. and
Minister said.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone said:
“What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult
with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what
equipment should be applied for.

“It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for
must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group.”

ENDS

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