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Local youth projects in Clondalkin and Lucan will receive over €45,000 funding from new Government capital grants, Emer Higgins, a Fine Gael Councillor, has said.

Cllr. Emer Higgins said: “New Government capital grants announced today are going to be of huge benefit to young people here in Clondalkin and Lucan, as they will improve the quality of the services on which local young people rely.

“Lucan Youth Service will benefit from over €10,000, while Ronanstown Youth Service will receive over €16,000. Clondalkin Youth Service and Youth Workers Ronanstown will each receive over €10,000 in grant funding ” said Cllr. Emer Higgins who is a Fine Gael General Election Candidate for the area.

The grants approved support purchases of equipment and small scale projects, including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth services.

Eligible local services were invited by the Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for support.

Higgins continued, “Investing in and supporting young people is a key priority for this Government. Thanks to our strengthened economy, the Government is able to improve supports to the communities who need it most. Much of the upgrade works to take place under these grants will be in areas of disadvantage.

“I’d like to thank the Youth Officers in our local ETB for their work in supporting local youth projects and I know that Minister Zappone has thanked them for their assistance to the Department of Children in the design and implementation of this scheme. They act as a contact point in their respective localities and play important support role to the providers of youth services here in Clondalkin and Lucan.”

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce these grants. I am confident the grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.

“The provision of these grants underscores the Government’s continued commitment to enhance the quality of services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government. In 2018 we are investing a total of €61.5m in current and capital funding in clubs, services and supports for young people.”

Fine Gael Councillor, Emer Higgins, has welcomed the allocation of €14,000 for Tidy Towns committees here in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Brittas.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced a €1.4 million national grant scheme to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns Competition.

This scheme will allow each Tidy Towns committee to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support the work they do and will support six committees throughout the county.

Higgins said: “Just last week we saw the value our local Tidy Towns Groups make to our area. It was fantastic to see our villages of Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Brittas score so well in the national Tidy Towns competition. The Tidy Towns Groups in each of these areas along with North Clondalkin will now receive a total of €14,000 in grant funding. This investment by the Government will directly support the local Tidy Towns groups. These volunteer led community initiatives bring out the best in our towns and villages.

“This competition really shows us the importance of participation. Our local Tidy Towns volunteers are a credit to our community. I encourage anyone who feels strongly about our community and our environment to get involved with Tidy Towns.

“I have no doubt that towns and villages across Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Newcastle and Brittas will benefit hugely from this investment. Wherever you have active Tidy Towns committees, it gives the place a real boost and creates the environment for tourism,” Cllr. Emer Higgins said.

Minister Ring said: “This funding is recognition from the Government of the huge contribution made by citizens in their own communities.

“Tidy Towns groups have made our country as a whole a better place to live in and to visit. The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it. This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money.”

Today we moved a step closer towards delivering 975 homes in South Dublin. This project for Kilcarbery has been on the cards for over 18 months and will deliver almost 300 social houses and nearly 1,000 new homes. We moved one step closer to building these homes despite the Mayor and Sinn Fein voting against this plan.

After a long and heated debate, Sinn Fein voted against this housing scheme on the cynical pretense that they wanted to change the funding model; which as the well know is not practical 18 months in to the plan. We've undergone a lengthy public procurement process and detailed design of the houses. Sinn Fein lead the ruling group of our council and know full well that we can’t move the goalposts at this stage.

Sinn Fein miss no opportunity to criticise the Government on housing delivery, yet this is a clear example of Sinn Fein saying one thing and doing another. It's nothing short of hypocrisy.

Changing the parameters of the scheme now, would have meant setting these 975 homes back 18 months. Playing politics with badly needed housing is only exacerbating the supply problems we have in the area. I'm very pleased that Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and Independents voted to get this project moving.


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