Criticism after Dundrum ‘excluded’ from Festival of Inclusion

by Rebecca Ryan

A local councillor is criticising the recent Festival of Inclusion for excluding Dundrum.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recently held the week-long festival which promotes and celebrates the activities of community groups and volunteers in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.

Newly appointed Green Party councillor for Dundrum Daniel Dunne is disappointed that “not a single event took place [in Dundrum].”

He said: “I attended a number of events in the festival, and I cannot fault the council’s staff on the standard of the offerings, which was superb.

“While there a couple of events in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, the lack of anything in Dundrum itself seems like a serious oversight.

“Dun Laoghaire may be the county town, but we need to spread events equally so that more people can access them.

“We cannot ask people to travel to the Lexicon, or other distant venues all the time. We need to especially consider people with mobility issues.

“The lack of any Dundrum events in the Inclusion Festival underlines the lack of public civic and cultural spaces available in the area. We need a Lexicon of our own on this end of the county.”

When asked about the lack of events in Dundrum for the festival, a spokesperson for the council told Dublin Gazette:

“Events held included the launch of the Festival in Nutgrove Shopping Centre with the Diversity Fashion Show. The Community events were open to all and included talks at larger venues in the county as well as local events run by local community groups in Community Centres across the county. We are always on the lookout for new groups to take part in the Festival.”

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