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Youth Services Must Be Replaced

By January 12, 2017No Comments

The ending of the Youth Work service in the North Galway/Roscommon area from today which will mean the closure of two Youth Centres in the Roscommon/Galway area is totally unacceptable. In reply to a query from my office today Minister Zappone says that replacement services will be provided under the auspices of the Galway/Roscommon Education and Training Board and that those services will begin by the end of the month on a temporary basis with more permanent services to be put in place by the end of the year..This is a matter that I raised with the Department and the Minister before Christmas. It is completely unacceptable that the young people of this region should have to go with-out services for any length of time and I will be pressing the Minister and the Department to ensure that the services are replaced in all three centres (Ballygar- which was closed in 2015, Ballaghaderreen and Roscommon Town) as soon as possible.