Deputy Emer Higgins, TD for Dublin Mid-West has welcomed the announcement of over €3.3 million in funding to support local projects in Clondalkin, Citywest, Saggart and Rathcoole under the Community Recognition Fund. Deputy Higgins said: “The Community Recognition Fund is a major government initiative to support and reward communities that have welcomed Ukrainians and other nationalities into their local area.
“I’m delighted at the announcement of a total €3.3 million euro to support projects in our local community under this fund. “Many people across Clondalkin, Citywest, Saggart and Rathcoole have been vital in our countries response to both the war in Ukraine and in supporting international protection applicants seeking refuge in Ireland and I have been working closely with the Minister to make sure that our sports clubs, schools and local groups are recognised for their community response. Deputy Higgins continued: “It’s great to see local projects receiving substantial funding with a well-deserved €1.25 million for the villages and €2.1 million for Clondalkin.
“The local sports teams, clubs and groups who have been recognised are pillars in our community for sport, recreation and integration as well and the various projects will hugely improve our local facilities,” added Deputy Higgins.
The projects that received funding include:
- Fit out of new age friendly centre at Orchard Lodge, Clondalkin
- Development and upgrade of Clondalkin “Global Garden”
- Improved Wi-Fi access for Clondalkin village
- A new all-weather sports pitch at Knockmitten Park
- Upgrade of existing play space & and provision of new half -court MUGA
- Astro Pitch at Round Towers GAA
- A new half-court Multi use games area
- Upgrade of St. Mary’s GAA pitch in Saggart Village
- Minor upgrades to Rathcoole Football Club facilities
- Saggart Schoolhouse Community Centre enhancement
- Upgrade of Carrigmore Park
- Improved Wi-Fi access for Saggart village
- A new half-court MUGA in Rathcoole Park.
“Well done to all our really deserving local groups who have been recognised, I know the funding will be put to really excellent use,” concluded Deputy Higgins.