Almost €1.75m in funding for 26 projects across Fingal

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal County Council has welcomed the allocation of €1,748,912 under the Community Recognition Fund for 26 projects across Fingal, writes Rose Barrett.

Funding includes an allocation of €850,512 for eight projects in Swords and €435,000 for four projects in Dublin 15, €92,000 for three projects in the Howth Malahide LEA, while €96,600 will be spent on four projects across Skerries, Rush and Lusk. €44,000 has been designated for Balbriggan with two projects in Baleskin to receive €30,200 and €20,000 for one in Santry.

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony, welcomed the announcement: “This is a great way to recognise the contribution being made by communities across Fingal in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries. The money that has been allocated through the Community Recognition Fund will allow FCC to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities that will be used by all members of the community in the future.”

The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, said: “We worked with various stakeholders to identify suitable projects and I am delighted that we have been able to secure €1.7m funding for 26 separate projects that will make a significant difference to the community infrastructure in place across the county.

“Under the terms of the Fund, 60 per cent of the allocation must be spent in 2023 and the remainder in 2024 so we will be moving quickly to get these projects underway.”

The types of projects being funded range from the installation of public Wi-Fi in Community Centres and parks to enhance digital connectivity across the county to the upgrade and enhancement of Holywell Park and Kettles Park in Swords in recognition of the great contribution made by these communities in welcoming arrivals from Ukraine and other countries. There are also several projects which will see the purchase of sensory equipment and sensory walls for Fingal libraries and the installation of sensory gardens across the area.

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