September 25, 2020
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‘We can make this happen’ – Wicklow teen ‘delighted’ as Minister backs his campaign for local skate park

A local teenager has expressed his delight after his ambitious plans for a local skate park received the backing of a senior Cabinet minister.

Earlier this week Wicklow TD and Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris publicly expressed his support for Jake Mitchell’s campaign for a skate park.

Minister Harris said: “I was very impressed by the campaign 14 year old Jake Mitchell from Kilcoole is undertaking to develop a skate park. Jake has decided to be proactive and campaign for the council to develop a safe skate park for this very popular outdoor activity.”

Speaking to, Jake thanks Minister Harris for his support, adding: “Together we can make this happen.”

Jake admitted he has been taken aback by the level of local support his campaign has received. He thanked Minister Harris, Stephen Nolan, his school principal “Mr Cox” and Stephen Flynn of Happy Pear, and others “too many more to mention”.

Jake added: “I was very surprised as it happened so fast once I started getting in touch with people for support. I really hope we can do this now. It would be a fantastic amenity for our community. Unfortunately the one in Charlesland does not allow for scooters or younger kids. We need one that caters for all. Hopefully, together we can make this happen!”

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