Family Resource Centre Call for Cahir
A motion tabled by councillor Andy Moloney at this months Municipal meeting of the Clonmel Borough Council to have a full time Family Resource Centre based in Cahir has been passed and request will be sent to Minister James O Reilly without delay.
Cllr Moloney highlighted the need for such a support following studies that out of the 5 bigger towns in the southern part of the county, Cahir has lagged well behind in the development of town based children, youth & family support services.
The other 4 towns in the region enjoy the supports of Dept of Justice,Dept of Children & youth Affairs and T?SL?.
Moloney states that Cahir has a population of approx 3600 where almost 1000 are aged between 0-18 and with over 29% of the population of foreign national origin overall in the town, 3 out of 10 aged between 10 & 24 are of foreign nationality.
A 3 fold rise in Referrals to Garda Diversion service and a 10% higher referral rate to T?SL? child & family services than Clonmel and Carrick in 2014 needs to be tackled.
The motion received he full backing of the council and will be forward to Minister o Reilly for consideration. In the meantime a working group set up in Cahir will work with the Waterford & South Tipperary community youth service to build upon it's work to date.
This working group has identified the establishment of a properly funded youth service with regular sustained funding as a service priority for the town.