Frances Fitzgerald T.D. has welcomed certainty regarding the funding of Clondalkin and Tallaght Intercultural Centres.

“There has been much concern locally about the future of both Clondalkin and Tallaght Intercultural Centres after their application for funding under the National Integration Funding Programme (NIFP) was unsuccessful.

“I am delighted that South Dublin County Partnership has now signed a two year service level agreement with the Department of Justice to fund the retention of these two centres.

“When their CEO Larry O’Neill contacted me about this I made representations to my colleague, Minister with responsibility for immigration and integration, David Stanton. David listened to the case made by the Partnership and the Intercultural Centres which ultimately led to this agreement being signed. From my work with David in the Department of Justice, I have always appreciated his commitment to finding solutions and taking time to consult on issues.

“The agreement reached with the Department of Justice funds the vast majority of the costs associated with the running of both centres and South Dublin County Partnership is confident that they have additional funds that can meet other needs that arise. This will ensure that both Clondalkin and Tallaght Centres will operate five days a week.

“The Intercultural Centre in Clondalkin acts as a link for migrants as well as promoting integration and celebrating the culture of all residents in Clondalkin.  I would like to pay tribute to the work of the Centre staff and volunteers and the dedication of South Dublin County Partnership to ensuring the needs of minority groups are met.

“I look forward to seeing the progress of the Intercultural Centre and wish them every success with the work ahead.”