Northern Ireland

Education department gives £12m for youth buildings

The Department of Education has revealed that more than 50 youth organisations are to get money to improve their buildings.

The work ranges from very small projects to completely new buildings.

Twelve million pounds will be spent to make sure buildings used by youth clubs and centres are safe and have good facilities.

Education Minister John O'Dowd said funding for 53 projects will benefit communities across Northern Ireland.

He also said it would help staff and volunteers provide an improved service to young people.

Some groups have secured cash to pay for whole rebuilds such as a GAA youth club in Lurgan and the YMCA in Portadown.

The largest amount allotted is almost £2.4m for St Mary's Youth Club in Londonderry.

The smallest grants will give £5,000 each to an Irish language club in Glengormley and a scout group in Belfast.