A Manifesto for All Children? Closing the Outcomes Gap

youngballymun is the heart of our community

Colourful and lively local pre-election event took place on Wednesday 10th February in the Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun.

The event,  A Manifesto for All Children? Closing the Outcomes Gap was chaired by the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon and included election candidates in the Dublin North West constituency. 

The event gave local residents and workers an opportunity to hear directly from their local representatives and engage in the democratic debate in advance of the general election.

The local candidates Cllr Paul McAuliffe (Fianna Fail); Cllr Noel Rock (Fine Gael); John Lyons TD (Labour); Cllr Andrew Keegan (People Before Profit/Anti Austerity Alliance); Cllr Cathleen Carney-Boud (Sinn Fein);  Roisin Shortall TD (Social Democrats); Jimmy Dignam (Workers Party).

The audience for the event was Ballymun parents and their children as well as local teachers, early years workers, and HSE staff.

Each political party spoke about their party's manifesto to close the gap in outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities.

In the context of the current uncertainty about youngballymun's future, audience members also sought a clear commitment from each party for continued investment in this important community change strategy for children.