€11,000 allocated for children’s play areas in Carlow – DEERING.

25th July, 2014

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, that €11,000 has been allocated to play and recreation projects in Carlow.

“I know there were a lot of applications for the Recreation Capital Grants Scheme so I am delighted that €11,000 will go towards children’s facilities in Carlow.

“The money allocated will be used to construct a Skate Park. The project will provide an inclusive, social and recreational outlet for young people of all ages. It will be a positive, safe and attractive place for young people to gather catering for a broad range of ages and ability , male and female . . This will prove extremely beneficial to young people in the area.

“The summertime is upon us and, with this wonderful weather, families are spending a lot of time at playgrounds, in parks or at the beach. Safe and fun play areas are a major draw to any town and they are a wonderful facility for children and parents alike.

“It is also extremely important that these areas are healthy environments for our children and with this in mind, Minister Reilly has stated that in future, applications for funding will face an additional criterion related to Tobacco Free Ireland. In order to prevent children from ever starting to smoke it is essential that we denormalise smoking and therefore funding for projects such as children’s playgrounds will be contingent on the relevant local authority implementing a policy of ensuring the projects are no smoking areas.

“Nationally €250,000 has been allocated to a variety of worthy projects; this money is being used to bring old play areas back into use, to rejuvenate housing estates and to introduce new and innovative facilities.

“This Government is focused on achieving growth by creating jobs in all regions of the country, but growth and recovery can also be seen as investment made in towns and villages. The funding announced today is a small, but significant step in improving facilities for the locals of Carlow as we move towards recovery.”