Intercultural Centres set to remain open

by Sylvia Pownall
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There were fears the Intercultural Centres in Clondalkin and Tallaght would be forced to close

The Clondalkin and Tallaght Intercultural Centres will remain open after they secured funding for another two years.

The centres – which provide a range of support services to immigrants – had previously received funding through the Department of Justice.

Last year, the department introduced a new competitive tendering process, the National Integration Funding Programme.

The centres were not successful in their application to this fund, leading to fears that the centres would be forced to close.

But it has now been confirmed that the South Dublin County Partnership has signed a two-year service level agreement with the Department of Justice to fund the retention of the two centres.

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the news.

“When their CEO Larry O’Neill contacted me about this I made representations to my colleague, Minister with responsibility for immigration and integration, David Stanton,” she said.

“David listened to the case made by the Partnership and the Intercultural Centres which ultimately led to this agreement being signed.

“From my work with David in the Department of Justice, I have always appreciated his commitment to finding solutions and taking time to consult on issues.”

The agreement reached with the Department of Justice means that the vast majority of the costs associated with the running of both centres will be met.

South Dublin County Partnership say they are confident they have additional funds available to meet other needs that arise.

“This will ensure that both Clondalkin and Tallaght Centres will operate five days a week,” said Deputy Fitzgerald.

“The Intercultural Centre in Clondalkin acts as a link for migrants as well as promoting integration and celebrating the culture of all residents in Clondalkin.

“I would like to pay tribute to the work of the Centre staff and volunteers and the dedication of South Dublin County Partnership to ensuring the needs of minority groups are met.

“I look forward to seeing the progress of the Intercultural Centre and wish them every success with the work ahead.”

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