More teen-friendly amenities needed in Clondalkin-Rathcoole

by Kim O Leary

A local representative for the Clondalkin-Rathcoole area is calling for more amenities to be created for local youths.

Speaking on 98fm’s Dublin Talks program at the weekend, Chris O’Dwyer the Labour Party’s Local Area Representative for Clondalkin-Rathcoole, has appealed for investment in youth amenities and teen spaces to combat anti-social behaviour in the Clondalkin area.

Speaking after the program Mr O’Dwyer said that criminalising young people who are just hanging out with their friends around shopping centres is not an appropriate solution to anti-social behaviour.

He said that young people need to feel that they have a personal stake in their community.

“Young people need a place within the community that they can call their own, a place that they can invest in and increase their stake within the community. Teen spaces are an excellent investment, but local authorities need to carry out meaningful consultation with young people to find out what they actual want,” said Mr O’Dwyer.

Mr O’Dwyer also said that local authorities must consult with local young people about such proposed amenities if they are to be successful.

“Young people want to be listened to, they want to feel accepted by the wider community and that they have a stake in their community. We adults need to stop talking at them and start listening to what they are saying,” he said.

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