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Sunday 20 August 2017

Fingal's young population needs more investment in education and childcare

Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee
Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee

Investment in education, childcare and transport must follow the news that Balbriggan is Ireland's youngest large town and that Fingal is the youngest county in the country, according to a local senator.

Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee has said that the Government must start to invest in education, childcare and transport in North Dublin as it was announced that Balbriggan is the 'youngest' large town in the country.

Based on data compiled as part of Census 2016, Balbriggan was determined as being the youngest town, with a population in excess of 10,000, in the country with an average age of 30.8 years. Fingal County is also the youngest local authority area with an average age of 34.3 years.

Senator Clifford Lee said: 'This data is nothing new to those of us living in North Dublin, but it does re-emphasise the critical need for the Government to invest in important projects in education, childcare and transport to keep up with the a growing, younger population.'

The Fianna Fáil senator added: 'We need to see more schools and classrooms being built, better transport links for families to get to work, school and around the county, and we need to ensure that there are enough childcare places for the increased number of children who will undoubtedly be born over the next 10 years from such a young population.'

She concluded: ' Census 2016 has given us the evidence we need to plan for the future, and sketch out the type of county we want to live in.'

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