A GROUP of students from different schools are banding together to lobby local politicians to save the Fr McGrath centre.
The funding for the Fr McGrath centre has been slashed by a third after the government scrapped the Children at Risk program. In response to the cuts students from Loreto, Pobail Scoil and Kilkenny College have set up an action committee campaigning against the cuts and looking to getting the centre’s funding restored.
The students have taken on the cause of the Fr McGrath centre as part of their transition year projects. Previously they were volunteering to help out at the centres homework club, now they are fighting to keep it open. Students from Loreto are fighting to keep the centre open as part of the young social innovators program while Kilkenny College students involved in the Gaisce project are also pledging to keep the doors of the centre open.
The Loreto students have already gathered 800 names on a petition against the cuts. With the help of other their colleagues in other schools they are hoping to get well over a thousand signatures. The aim is to raise awareness of the issues facing the centre and get a public declaration from the politicians that if they are elected the funding cuts won’t go ahead.
“We want the politicians to make a public statement that if they get into government they won’t cut the funding,” said Muireann Brennan one of the Loreto students who also helps out at the homework club in the Fr McGrath centre.