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2 News: 13 projects in ABC programme against child poverty

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Eamon O Cuiv (FF, Galway W) that she had announced nine areas to enter the design stage of the Area Based Childhood (ABC) programme 2013-2016 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th December 2013, 96).  They would join the existing three Prevention and Early Intervention (PEIP) projects in Tallaght, Ballymun and Darndale and the Preparing for life project in Darndale, making 13 projects altogether.


They had been selected after an evaluation process which examined 50 proposals, involving a project team of her department, seven other departments, Atlantic Philanthropies, with Pobal and the Centre for Effective Services which had been designated to manage the programme.  The minister responded to a number of representations about unsuccessful applicants, such as the Galway Early Education proposal.


The editor adds: co-funding is €14.85m each, a total of almost €30m, by the department and Atlantic Philanthropies. It will be managed by the minister’s department in conjunction with the co-sponsoring office of the Tanaiste (though the involvement of the Minister for Foreign Affairs was not explained).  The nine new sites are: Bray; Ballyfermot/Dublin 10; Clondalkin/Archways; Dublin Docklands; Finglas (Barnardos-led project); Grangegorman/NW Inner City; Knocknaheeny (Cork); Limerick (A number of proposers from Limerick will be asked to develop a joint proposal, facilitated by Limerick Children Services Committee); Louth (Drogheda & Dundalk); and Midlands (as part of Northside project).  This is an important initiative, in preparation for many years and represents the most significant investment by government in such projects for some time.

> See also Dail Eireann, Debates, 5th December 2013, 96; 10th December, 301-2; 12th December, 802-2.