Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Tuesday) said that she is pushing the case for a youth caf é to be opened in Ashbourne. Deputy Doherty has established a founding committee to help make the project a reality.
“I’ve set up this founding committee because I think the opening of a youth café should be a priority for Ashbourne, and I’m calling on people across the community to get involved and help make this project a reality.
“I was involved in the project to set up a youth café in Ratoath; the Pulse café is now an established success story in the village, offering youth facilities for 13 to 18 year olds throughout the week and all weekend. We need to deliver a similar success for Ashbourne.
“The case for a youth cafÃ© in Ashbourne is clear; it has the second highest number of teenagers in the country after Ratoath. We need to ensure these teens have a safe place to go to meet their friends and spend their spare time.
“I would appeal to the better nature of owners of vacant business premises in the town to consider whether any of their properties would be suitable for a café, and how they might be able to help with the project.
“The Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD, announced more than €2.25 million in funding for youth cafés and other youth projects in November. I will be making the case for Ashbourne in the coming months to ensure it benefits from the next round of funding.
“Anyone wishing to join the founding committee or help out can contact me on 018257204.”