Cllr Sorcha O'Neill
Some 28 social workers are to be appointed to serve in the County Kildare area.
The lack of resources has threatened to create a “never ending waiting list”, said Naas-based Sinn Fein councillor Sorcha O’Neill.
Cllr O’Neill said the appointments, announced by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, will tackle a “backlog of over 550 cases.”
Cllr O’Neill said that Co. Kildare has the same number of young people as Tallaght and Ballyfermot combined.