Kildare Co Council has been asked to identify potential buildings in Kilcullen that could be developed into a youth space.
Local councillor Tracey O’Dwyer raised the issue at Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District’s May meeting, describing the space as one where young people can meet for a game of table tennis or pool and hang out with their friends in a comfortable indoor space, possibly a building that the council owns or a vacant building.
She also asked the local authority to ‘put out an ask’ for a shared space to address the lack of youth specific programmes in the town.
A brief written report explained that the local community worker will link with the relevant youth services to establish and promote youth services in Kilcullen.
‘There are currently no suitable Kildare Co Council owned community facilities available in the area however our community team welcome the opportunity to work with any community group to assist in any way possible.’
Cllr O’Dwyer explained that local students raised the matter of a youth space in Kilcullen, adding that for those aged 13, 14, 15 and 16 there’s very little if nothing in the town. She said they want somewhere to hang out and meet their friends.
“They just want somewhere to meet,” she said.