Grants for four family resource centres

Grants for four family resource centres


Four Clare family resource centres are to receive capital grants totalling just over €65,000.

Clare Independent deputy Dr. Michael Harty TD has been told the good news by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone.

“I am delighted to learn that the successful centres include the North West Clare centre in Ennistymon, Kilrush Family Resource Centre, Shannon Family Resource Centre and Ballina/Killaloe Family Resource Centre,” he said.

Details of the capital grants awarded to each centre are as follows

  • North West Clare €20,251
  • Kilrush €18,257
  • Shannon €10,384
  • Killaloe/Ballina €16,356

Dr. Harty added that following his invitation, Minister Zappone visited Clare last September where she had an opportunity to learn first-hand of the excellent work done by Clare’s Family Resource Centres as well as other services for children and young people.

“I had the pleasure of introducing her to a delegation from the North West Clare Family Resource centre and assisting with their presentation.  These grants will allow centres to enhance the quality of their work but of course we have to keep on fighting for more resources for all centres that provide for the welfare families.  We now have an Independent Minister who knows, understands and empathises with this work and has a capacity to fight for resources from Government,” Dr. Harty said.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.