Oberstown secures funding via minister Joe O’Brien’s department

13th November, 2020

Funding provided for tailor-made Horticulture Training and Education Programme

Joe O’Brien, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, today (12th November 2020) announced funding of over €51 million from the Dormant Accounts Fund to address disadvantage right across the country.

Included within the announcement is funding of €120,000 for Oberstown Children Detention Campus to develop a tailor-made Horticulture Training and Education Programme

Launching the Action Plan, Minister O’Brien said:

“I am delighted to launch the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2021 which provides funding of over €51 million to help address disadvantage right across Ireland. The 46 measures approved for funding in 2021 will be implemented across Government and will help to address a diverse range of issues such as long term unemployment, youth disadvantage, migrant integration and probation supports to prevent re-offending.”

Speaking on the funding for the facility in Lusk he concluded:

“The funding for Oberstown, to develop a tailor-made Horticulture Training and Education Programme, will address the current gap in the provision of vocational and on the job training for young persons detained on Campus. This will assist children in understanding their own interests, aptitudes, personality and skills to give them the knowledge to inform their career decisions and to explore the world of further education, work and career development. It will identify further vocational training needs of children that can be focused on when they leave the Campus. It will also assist in the development of appropriate on-site vocational training for children detained in Oberstown.”

For more information please contact Karen Power, karen.power@oireachtas.ie

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