A volunteer activity centre for children with special needs, and a children’s computer coding club, were ordered to leave the Old School hall they both rent recently by Ballyfin and Mountrath parish.
Following negotiation behind the scenes, both decisions were reversed.
The clubs received letters on August 31 to inform them that “it was the unanimous decision of the parish council to discontinue the previous arrangement”, ordering them to “vacate the premises and remove all furniture and fittings owned by you on or before 30th September”.
The letters were posted up on social media by No Limits director Nicola Coss, and Laois CoderDojo director Darren Bayless who say they were “more than a little shocked”.
Following mediation, the decision was reversed last Friday September 4.
The clubs have thanked their 3,000 supporters and Ballyfin CDA for helping to reverse the decision.
“It wouldn’t be right to air the reasons behind the initial decision, but thanks to direct talks with the Parish Council those have now been resolved,” both say in identical statements.
They are holding a Famiy Fun Day on Sunday September 20, to raise money to remain open.