John Curran TD, Mayor Paul Gogarty and Thyes Kavanagh at the announcement of the winning projects for the €300k Have Your Say initiative
John Curran TD, Mayor Paul Gogarty and Thyes Kavanagh at the announcement of the winning projects for the €300k Have Your Say initiative

The winning projects in the €300k Have Your Say initiative for Clondalkin were announced at the Round Tower Visitor Centre last week. The 15 winning projects were announced by Mayor of South Dublin Paul Gogarty.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Gogarty said: “Participatory budgeting allows local people to have a direct say in the running of their local communities, putting them at the heart of how decisions are made.

“This initiative is about enabling people to have a greater voice on local priorities.

“We want to give local people the opportunity to vote on investment in their area, to shape the services they use and address the issues that are important to them in their community.

“I am delighted to say that the people of the Clondalkin Electoral Area responded to this initiative with some fantastic ideas for their community.”

There were 230 submissions received during the consultation process, with 24 projects shortlisted for the public vote.

The voting took place between May 15 and 17, with over 1,500 digital and paper ballot votes were cast.

Cllr Emer Higgins congratulated the winning projects.

She said: “There were some really innovative ideas submitted and it was brilliant to see groups like the Clondalkin Mens’ Shed win public support.

“A really interesting idea, championed by students at Colaiste Bride, was amongst the projects funded and will help make Clondalkin more tourist friendly.

“It was great to see so many sustainable ideas supporting cyclists, encouraging walking and recycling, planting of flowers and signage to bring to life our Irish heritage, amongst the winning projects.

“Funding was also awarded to provide Christmas lights for the village.

“Rathcoole had three successful nominations and will receive an acoustic piano and gym equipment for the community centre as well as a playground at Forest Hills.”

Cllr Higgins said that her only regret was that no ideas from Newcastle were shortlisted.

“Unfortunately, none of the proposals made in relation to Newcastle were eligible under the criteria of nominations.

“The good news for Newcastle is that we’ll shortly be progressing to public consultation for a playspace, which I know was one of the most popular ideas put forward there.”

Participatory Budgeting is a now annual initiative run by South Dublin County Council following a successful pilot in Lucan last year.

The successful projects chosen for Clondalkin and Rathcoole will be completed by the council in 2019.