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IFI Welcomes Launch of Mid-Louth Action Plan for Young People

Published on:  01 Dec 2020

The International Fund for Ireland (IFI) has welcomed the Mid-Louth Youth Action Plan 2019-2024, which was launched today by Roderic O’Gorman TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth via Zoom.  The Plan is a collaboration between the Dunleer Community Development Board, the Dee Hub Ardee, the Market House and local community stakeholders.

Speaking at the launch, Sadie Ward-McDermott, Board Member, IFI, congratulated everyone involved and, in particular, the Ardee & District Community Trust and the Dunleer and District Community Development Board, which the IFI has supported through its Personal Youth Development and Peace Impact Programmes since 2017.

“Communities like Ardee and Dunleer recognise that we have a special responsibility to make sure that the benefits of today’s era of peace are secured so that everyone in our society can experience them. Young people are the life force of communities everywhere. This report provides a road map for the significant development needs of the young people in this area, and what is needed to sustain their future and support the future of this area.

“We are delighted to be associated with this action plan and with the work of these two organisations. We are proud of the significant progress that our funding has facilitated here in Mid-Louth already.  What has been achieved is very much in line with the goals of the Fund, namely to promote economic and social advance and encourage contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists. We are pleased too that the Fund’s involvement has encouraged others to support the important work that is being done here.”

Since its inception, the Fund has committed more than €927m million to a wide variety of projects in the border counties and Northern Ireland, including in Louth. The IFI’s Personal Youth Development Programme, one of the two programmes through which it has provided funding in mid-Louth, aims to help young people build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience and make them more employable. It also provided funding through its Peace Impact programme to help the two organisations to develop their capacity and their relationship, and to facilitate the development of comprehensive youth and community support services and infrastructure in the Mid Louth area. 

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