€300,000 funding for D15 community hub

by Rose Barrett
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The announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD for the procurement of €300,000 funding to upgrade Hartstown Community Centre has been broadly welcome.

Minister Humphreys along with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony and many other local elected representatives visited the centre last week and were greeted by local preschool children and St Ciaran’s NS choir who provided entertainment. 

Funding will be allocated via the new Community Centre Investment Fund (CCIF) which aims to deliver high quality capital projects for Community Centres of benefit the local communities. 

Fingal County Council stated it is in the process of taking over ownership of the centre from the Archdioceses of Dublin and hopes to confirm its transfer to the council in the coming weeks. The facility has been the subject of media speculation in recent months in fear of the church selling the property. 

Senator Emer Currie (FG) said: “This was a really special day for the Hartstown community. For four years, members of the community have stepped up to fight for the centre and ensure its survival. 

“The end is in sight for the transfer of the centre from the Archdiocese to Fingal County Council and now the Board of Management has secured €300,000 – the highest amount available under the Community Investment Fund. 

“This will go towards for essential repairs and upgrades like rewiring, upgrading of the toilets including disabled access, repair of the stage and fire door replacement. The future looks bright for Hartstown Community Centre!” 

She noted the allocation was “the largest single investment in our community centres in decades. Community centres are valued shared spaces and are very much at the heart of Dublin 15’s towns and villages, and will provide an amenity for parish projects, scouts den, GAA clubhouses, Men’s Sheds and youth facilities, etc.”

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