TD presses Minister on Kildare youth facilities

Deputy Martin Heydon
Kildare TD, Martin Heydon said he has informed Minister Frances Fitzgerald of the importance of funding for youth facilities in the county.

Kildare TD, Martin Heydon said he has informed Minister Frances Fitzgerald of the importance of funding for youth facilities in the county.

He said Kildare’s growing youth population need facilities.

He highlighted the importance of sourcing funds for The Hive, Kildare town’s new youth hub, which will be based in the former St. Joseph’s Academy.

The people behind the project have applied for funding to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and are awaiting a decision.

“I have stressed the importance of this project to Minister Frances Fitzgerald, herself a native of Newbridge, who is very aware of the need for more youth facilities in Co. Kildare.”

“Kildare has one of the highest growing youth populations outside of Dublin which, given recent population increases, will continue to grow. Census 2011 highlighted that there are 78,000 children and young people aged 0-24 in Co. Kildare. It is imperative that investment in youth services and facilities are made to support these young people.”

“This project, situated in Kildare town, will provide facilities for youth providers and state agencies to run services alongside a general space for all Kildare youth based clubs/groups to meet. This purpose built facility will be a flagship for the entire county and fundraising is now ongoing.”

The project is backed by Kildare County Council, Kildare Youth Services, KWETB (VEC), Co. Kildare Leader and local and youth based organisations.

Deputy Heydon pledged to do everything he could to assist The Hive in getting up and running.

At a recent Kildare Area Committee meeting, Cllr Suzanne Doyle said the Hive team had a Plan A and a Plan B depending on how much funding the project receives.