Family centres hold open days to encourage people to meet candidates

THE six Family Resource Centres in Carlow and Kilkenny are to hold open days in all their Centres to help people meet and talk to their local election candidates before polling day. The open days are part of a national campaign by the 107 Family Centres across Ireland to encourage people to register and get out and vote.

THE six Family Resource Centres in Carlow and Kilkenny are to hold open days in all their Centres to help people meet and talk to their local election candidates before polling day. The open days are part of a national campaign by the 107 Family Centres across Ireland to encourage people to register and get out and vote.

Sheila Donnelly, Coordinator of Newpark Close Family Centre in Kilkenny said it was important that people, many who are really fed up and feel let down by politics, are not so fed up that they decide not to vote. “We are seeing a lot of apathy from people, especially young people, in our communities and we feel it is important to encourage them to vote and feel that they are not powerless to change the kind of society we live in,” she said.

The first open days will be in Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre on Thursday from 11am to 1pm. Coordinator of Bagenalstown Family Centre, Anne Shortal, said she hoped all the local candidates would not miss the opportunity to come out and meet local families and young people and discuss their policies and their plans for government if they are elected. The open days are an informal format and volunteers at our Centres will provide tea and coffee to visitors and encourage them to talk to their local candidates about the issues concerning them most.

Family Centres will widely leaflet local areas to publicise the open events and the other open days across Kilkenny and Carlow will be held in: The Mill Family Resource Centre, Urlingford, Kilkenny on

Friday from 11am to 12.30pm, contact no 0860273956. Forward Steps Family Resource Centre, Tullow, Co Carlow on

16th of February at 11am to 12.30pm 059-9152776; Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan, Co Kilkenny on

18th of February at 11am to 1pm contact no 056-7755517; Newpark Close Family Resource Centre, Kilkenny on

21st of February at 3pm to 4.30pm contact no 056-7723909; Fr McGrath Family Resource Centre, Kilkenny on

23rd of February at 3pm to 4.30pm contact no 056-7751988.