Appeal to save Liberties Warrenmount Adult Education Centre 

by Rachel Cunningham
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A facility that provides vital adult education services in the Liberties area, Dublin 8, is facing closure as its tenancy draws to a close.

Warrenmount Adult Education Centre, a building hidden at the back of Newmarket in Dublin 8, is rented by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) from the Presentation Sisters, who have requested an end to the tenancy.

There is just one other class dedicated to Adult Education in Liberties College of Further Education, with classes such as history and english currently oversubscribed.

“The service providers, tutors and students are all devastated by the prospect of closure,” said People Before Profit Councillor for the South West Inner City, Kelsey May Daly.

“There just is not enough space in the area. There is no replacement building suitable for the classes.

“There are pubs, cafes and hotels towering over the community, but a severe lack education and community spaces.

“And this ties in with wider calls from community groups and activists for much needed sporting and community facilities in the area.

“Yet the government has made no attempt to consider the locals’ proposals. In fact, they had made promises for such things but have yet to deliver them.”

The councillor warned that the closure of Donore Community Centre, and the news that its refurbishment will take up to two years, has left locals without breakfast clubs, after school programmes and community classes.

“Adult education services are attempting to fill this gap in community resources created by Dublin City Council, but the closure of Warrenmount would mean that gap would remain,” she said.

The councillor is launching a campaign for Dublin City Council and the Department of Education to buy the Warrenmount building from the Presentation Sisters, so that it is brought into public ownership and can continue to be used for adult education services. 

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