Green Party Spokesperson for Justice and TD for Dublin South-Central, Deputy Patrick Costello, has sought assurances of funding and community supports for Donore Community Centre following a recent fire, writes Kim O’Leary.
The fire started last Thursday at around 9pm at the community centre, with up to 30 firefighters from Dublin Fire Brigade battling to bring the fire under control.
No injuries were reported with some damage reported to the community centre.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Costello said: “The community centre on Donore Avenue is an invaluable asset for locals in the Dublin 8 area. It is a lifeline for so many in the community and plays a vital role in community development and social cohesion.
“After already going through so much uncertainty with the pandemic, it’s incredibly upsetting news to hear that the centre was substantially damaged as a result of a fire. Any loss of services would have a devasting impact on the community,” he added.
Deputy Costello is now calling for assurances concerning funding and community supports for the community centre from Minister Joe O’Brien, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development.
“I also wish to extend my sincere thanks to the Dublin Fire Brigade who worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control,” concluded Deputy Costello.