The Minister for Finance gave local businesses an injection of confidence and commended their level of innovation during a recent visit to ACE Enterprise Centre in Clondalkin. Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid-West, Emer Higgins was delighted to welcome Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe to Dublin Mid-West this week to visit ACE Enterprise Centre in Clondalkin. Deputy Higgins said: “Minister Donohoe was really impressed by the level of innovation among the businesses and start-ups utilising ACE Enterprise Centre, who are doing incredible work to develop and grow their businesses and being greatly supported by the people and facilities at ACE.
“ACE is such a superb resource for businesses in Dublin Mid-West and myself and Minister Donohoe were really impressed by the facilities in place to support businesses of all kinds to flourish. “ACE have befitted greatly from the support of government funding and Enterprise Ireland’s Enterprise Centres Fund scheme, and it’s great to see this funding being put to good use,” added Deputy Higgins. “It was great to meet and chat with the Entrepreneurs behind businesses like Rosie and Dott, who produce accessories and jewellery and is run by former Dublin Rose Siobhéal Nic Eochaidh, My Cloud PA, an app that facilitates transactions, financial tracking and customer relations management and K Factory a printing and embroidery company.
ACE also has a number of therapy room suites which they rent out for €12 an hour to local practitioners, therapists, physio therapists, reflexologists etc. as well as production kitchens for those in the food and catering business.
Minister Donohoe said, “My thanks to Deputy Higgins and to ACE Enterprise Centre for welcoming me to Dublin Mid-West. Innovation is certainly alive and well in Clondalkin with so many new businesses flourishing and making a great contribution to the local and national economy. The direction and support of organisations such as ACE contributes greatly to the success of new businesses and I am delighted to see the contribution that Government funding makes to these efforts.”
Deputy Higgins continued: “The last two years have been so challenging for businesses and start-ups but I know many of the business owners were re-assured by Minister Donohoe’s comments that government will endeavour to avoid full-scale disruption to businesses in dealing with the covid-19 pandemic going forward.
“Thank you to everyone at ACE, especially their CEO, Lisa Rowntree, Chairman John Curran, secretary Rita O’Brien and Business Development Manager Kerrie Kavanagh for welcoming myself and Minister Donohoe and showcasing the excellent work that ACE does to support enterprise in Dublin Mid-West,” concluded Deputy Higgins.