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Education and Training Boards
The Education and Training Boards Act, 2013 states that the functions of ETBs with regard to youth work are to:

“Support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support; and assess whether the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective.”

City of Dublin Education and Training Board
The City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) operates 23 schools and colleges,10 Youthreach Centres, two Training Centres, and an Adult Education Service operating in five separate areas across the city. It also provides an education service in seven Prisons and funds a range of Community Training Centres and Local Training Initiatives.

This provision is delivered by over 3,200 staff to up to 30,000 learners (12,000 full-time and 17,500 part-time) and is supported by services that include a school psychological service, a curriculum development unit, a buildings maintenance unit and an administrative staff in CDETB Head Office in Ballsbridge.

CDETB is also responsible for the national awarding authority for student grants in Ireland, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). The City of Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB) is a sub-committee of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).

City of Dublin Youth Service Board
CDETB provides a range of services through the City of Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB) including:

  • Assisting youth projects/services and voluntary youth clubs/groups to develop and deliver services and supports to young people,
  • Administering grant aid to youth services and projects in Dublin City on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY),
  • Administering grant aid to interim drugs task force projects on behalf of the Drugs Policy Unit of the Department of Health,
  • Ensuring value for money in funded organisations,
  • Ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of management structures at local level, monitoring activities, expenditure and general governance of funded organisations,
  • Implementation of the DCEDIY National Quality Initiatives.

CDETB/CDYSB administers various youth programmes and grant funding schemes including UBU funding scheme on behalf of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY). CDYSB co-operates and works with a broad range of statutory and voluntary agencies, both at Dublin city and at national level. We are committed to maintaining strong working relationships within the CDETB, Dublin City Council, boards of funded organisations, local community development organisations, and national youth work service providers and regional youth services throughout the country.

Current members:

  Name Organisation
Cllr Vincent Jackson (Chairperson) CDETB
Cllr Keith Connolly CDETB (Chairperson)
Cllr Dermot Lacey  CDETB
Dr  Shira Mehlman CDETB
Mr Jonathan Dowling Belvedere Youth Club 
Ms  Ger Magee Crosscare 
Mr Ben Connolly Irish Second Level Students Union
Ms  Bethany de Stainleigh Irish Second Level Students Union
Mr  James Barry Jigsaw Dublin City
Ms Geraldine Smith Scouting Ireland
Ms  Tammy Donaghy Youth Worker

In attendance at the Board:
Ms Celine Martin, Head of Operations, CDYSB
Ms Ann Gliton, Director of Further Education and Training, CDETB
Mr Thomas O'Connor, Secretary to the Board, CDYSB

For further information on CDYSB, please contact us by telephone on +353 1 4321100 or emails us at
For further information on CDETB, visit: City of Dublin Education and Training Board
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