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Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton has welcomed retention of Cumann na Daoine services in Youghal.

“Cumann na Daoine were established in 1996 and have been operating successfully in Youghal since then. In 2008 Cumann na Daoine developed a community resource centre in Youghal which hosts a large range of activities and services such as Community Radio Youghal, FAS, VEC, HSE, a women’s group, men’s group, an art group and a disability group. The centre also offers SECAD courses, aftercare cancer supports, GROW and an Older People’s Network.

“I understand that an agreement has been reached between Cumann na Daoine and South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) Ltd. This agreement will allow all existing Cumann na Daoine Services to continue to operate until the end of the current funding programme in December 2013.

“As part of a national integration strategy which began last year, responsibility for local community development programmes, such as Cumann na Daoine, is to be transferred to the relevant local development company, which is SECAD in this area. Both Cumann na Daoine and SECAD should be congratulated as they have worked very hard to reach an agreement which is suitable to both parties.

“I believe this agreement will retain all existing Cumann na Daoine Services in Youghal which have been a huge benefit to many people there. The agreement should also allow for a greater SECAD presence which should prove an additional boost for the people of Youghal. I wish both organisations every success in continuing and developing services in Youghal.