Teenagers to protest outside GRETB meeting this afternoon after closure of youth project

Around 30 young people have travelled from across Roscommon to protest outside the headquarters of the local education and training board.

The youngsters are angry that the non-profit organisation, Youth Work Ireland, has lost the contract to provide youth services at a number of clubs.

The protesters aged from 10 years up their late teens are set to gather outside the head office of the Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board in Athenry.

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Around 180 youngsters access the clubs every week in a number of venues in Roscommon including in Roscommon Town, Castlerea and Frenchpark.

The service will close over the summer and is expected to resume in the autumn under a new provider.

But teenagers like 18-year-old Helen from Castlerea who travelled to make their views known to the board which is meeting in Athenry this afternoon say they weren’t taken into consideration.

She explains how upset she is at the move and what she wants the board members to know.