Minister Reilly kids about during FDYS trip

By AMY LEWIS

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Minister James Reilly with Paul Kehoe TD, Clare Carr, Joy Keyes and some of the children.
Minister James Reilly with Paul Kehoe TD, Clare Carr, Joy Keyes and some of the children.

Everyone at the FDYS received a special visit last week when Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly popped in for a chat with the children.

While on a flying visit to Wexford, the Minister wished to pay a visit to a local youth service and the FDYS was his location of choice. Joined by Minister Paul Kehoe, he met with the team at the Francis Street branch and spent some time learning more about the work that they do.

'It was a brilliant experience,' said Joy Ennis, CEO of the FDYS. 'He spent a good bit of time with the children and had a great chat with them. They all seemed to be very comfortable around them as he was really approachable.'

Minister Reilly even got in touch with his inner child when he played Lego with young Ollie Moore Cousins in the Junglebox Childcare Centre. Minister Kehoe also spent some time joking and chatting with the children.

This isn't the only recent cause for excitement for the FDYS. In recent weeks, they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a special bash in the Talbot Hotel. The event was attended by Fr Aidan Jones and Derek Nally, who helped to establish the organisation in 1965.

'It began as just one room,' explained Joy. 'We now have a number of youth groups around the county, with different services and we also have a childcare service.'

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