A statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) and welcomed by party colleague, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell.
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has just received confirmation of the provisional allocation of €10,000 by the Department of Children for use at Castleisland and Killarney libraries.
The funding will be used to establish a library of toys and technology at Castleisland Library for children with disabilities and special needs which can be borrowed for home use. The funding for Killarney will be used for a Sensory Area for Kerry pre-school children (3-5 years) with sensory disorders, boys and girls with special needs, ADHD, Autism, DS etc.
Minister for Children, James Reilly, made the announcement as he sanctioned payments of €250,000 for children’s play and recreation projects across Ireland. 19 local authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for new and innovative play and recreation projects and the improvement of existing facilities. “Play and recreation are fundamentally important to children and young people for their development , creativity and wellbeing” said Minister Reilly.
Deputy Griffin has welcomed the allocation, having lobbied for the funding in previous weeks as you can see from the copy of the attached letter.
The letter, which is signed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, TD., states:
Thank you for your letter on behalf of Mr. John Breen, Director of Services, Kerry Co Council, concerning an application to develop library services in Killarney and Castleisland, particularly for children with a disability, under the Play and Recreation Capital Grant Funding Scheme 2014.
I have carefully noted your support and it will be placed on file with the application.
This is one of a large number of applications currently being assessed by my Department. All applicants for Play and Recreation Capital Grant Funding 2014 will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as a final decision has been made.
I hope that this information is helpful to you.
Charlie Flanagan, TD.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. July 4-2014