Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has welcomed the decision by the Council for the €3 million Tallaght Heritage Centre.
Charlie O’Connor continued to raise the matter regularly at Tallaght Area Committee meetings. At the February meeting, he asked the CEO “to confirm the schedule now being followed in respect of proposals for the Tallaght Heritage/Visitor Centre and may we have a general statement in the matter?” and was told that “a brief to engage consultants to develop the proposition for the Heritage Centre issued in January and closed on February 21. Submissions are presently being evaluated and assessed with a view to appointing a consultant to take the project to the next stage.”
The Council confirmed to Charlie O’Connor that the Tallaght Heritage/Visitor Centre would be located adjacent to the Civic Theatre and will form part of a wider “Cultural Quarter” in the centre of Tallaght. According to Charlie O’Connor he always focused on the need for a Tallaght Heritage/Visitor Centre and left it to others to campaign for a County Museum which presumably they will continue to do.
He added that the proposal agreed by the Tallaght Councillors is not a museum – it is part of the Council’s broader Tourism strategy to provide heritage interpretive centres in Clondalkin, Tallaght and the Dublin mountains which collectively tell the story of West Dublin from early to modern times. He congratulated Council Management on their work in that regard. Finally Charlie O’Connor assures the people of Tallaght that he will continue to work with County Management and colleagues to ensure the delivery of this important project.