Local Cllr Emer Higgins has welcomed the investment of over €700,000 in South Dublin by Minister Michael Ring under his Department’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). The Programme was set up to provide capital grants to community groups and helps enhance facilities in disadvantaged communities. Big winners locally in terms of investment include The Beacon of Light Counselling Service in Clondalkin, Archways in Clondalkin, Lucan Disability Access Group, Order of Malta and Quarryvale Community and Resource Centre.

Local Councillor and General Election Candidate in the Dublin Mid West area has welcomed the investment in 2018 and called for further financial assistance in 2019, “I’m delighted to see over €700,000 being invested locally in our communities across South Dublin. It’s brilliant to see so many groups supporting inclusion initiatives in Lucan and Clondalkin receive financial assistance. Many of these organisations provide practical support to families within our communities and it’s vital that we continue to invest in them in 2019.” The CEP supports a range of investment in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds, landscaping, and supporting the elderly. Typical enhancements under the Programme could include the renovation of community centres and community amenities; improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces; and the purchase of equipment which is used to benefit the community.

“Smaller grant funding given to smaller organisations in Palmerstown, Brittas, to Clondalkin Round Towers and groups like the Saggart Village Residents Association and Friends of the Camac is just as important as these volunteer groups are playing a hugely positive role in our local area. It’s important that we support volunteer efforts and set new groups up for success. That’s something I’m passionate about and I’m delighted Minister Ring is in a position to deliver for these groups,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.