Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Dublin North West

10 February 2016

McAuliffe vows Fianna Fáil will maintain ‘Young Ballymun’ child poverty programme.

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin North West, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has said that Fianna Fáil is committed to the Young Ballymun programme. Speaking at a pre election hustings organised by the group, Cllr McAuliffe said he was baffled by the government’s request that Young Ballymun be wound down and closed when its current contract ends this June. The project, co-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, is one of thirteen Area Based Childhood Poverty initiatives across the country.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining Young Ballymun as a mainstream service. This project has been a real example of new thinking in evidence-based policy where agencies work together to deliver results for a community. The fact is that 1 in 9 children are in consistent poverty and this demonstrates the real need for programmes such as Young Ballymun.
“This isn’t parish pump politics, the decision to wind up the service is staggering considering what wonderful work Young Ballymun does to improve outcomes in education, health and mental health for all children, young people and families in Ballymun,” said Cllr McAuliffe.