Minister Helen McEntee visited Moneymore Childcare Centre today to open their new kitchen and dining area extension. The Department of Justice provided funding to the Centre of €38,000 to carry out these works and ensure the continuation of it’s essential meal service to children. This funding was allocated as part of the Department’s commitments under the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan launched in July 2021.
The sun shone and the children smiled as the Minister was taken on a tour of the Centre, which is looking bright and vibrant thanks to additional paint and other repair works carried out through Department of Justice Funding. Chair of the Implementation Board, Michael Keogh, and Vice Chair, Paddy Donnelly were part of the visiting delegation who also got to see the new all weather garden funded through Louth Local Community Development Committee’s Communities Enhancement Programme. The support of Martin O’Brien, Chief Executive of LMETB was also noted.
Michael Keogh said “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to come up and see the works that have been carried out at Moneymore Childcare Centre as this was one of the first actions taken in response to the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan. The fact that the Centre can now provide home cooked, healthy meals to all 69 children who access the Centre, into the long term is of great value not only to those children but to the community as a whole. Lisa, the Centre Manager, noted that the renovations have given the whole team a lift and it was very clear to us today how committed they are to the children and local community. We were absolutely thrilled to be joining the Minister here today and thank Lisa and her team for the invitation.”