04 October 2017

Fitzgerald and Higgins welcome €20,000 for Brittas

Local TD, Frances Fitzgerald and Councillor Emer Higgins have today welcomed the announcement of funding for renovations in Brittas Community Centre.

Speaking about the announcement, Fitzgerald commented “I am delighted that funding has been granted today for renovations to Brittas Community Centre under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

“Community spirit is definitely strong in Brittas at the moment. The Tidy Towns group entered the competition this year for the first time since the 1980’s – and were hugely successful. In their report, the Tidy Towns adjudicators noted how the great sense of local ‘Pride of Place’ which has been fostered in Brittas through the work of the Tidy Towns. As local TD, I know the sense of community in Brittas and the development of the Community Centre will help enhance cohesion amongst all those involved in improving the village of Brittas.”

Fitzgerald concluded, “A particular emphasis this year is on projects which have the capacity to support the economic development of rural villages like Brittas, as well as their neighbouring townlands.  The scheme will also support improvements to public amenities in town and village centres, to help make them more attractive places in which to live, work and to visit.”

Local Councillor Emer Higgins, and local Brittas resident commented “I am absolutely thrilled to see this investment in Brittas. We are one of Dublin's most rural villages and with the help of this funding our active community can continue to develop and thrive.

“The BDCA and Brittas Tidy Towns have had a hugely positive impact in the area and harnessed community spirit to protect and improve our little village. The Community Centre is its focal point and it is great to see it benefiting from this significant investment. Well done to the community on their work to achieve this.”


26 September 2017

Fantastic achievements by local Tidy Towns Groups

 Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has extended her congratulations to local Tidy Towns Groups who took part in this year's competition.

Commenting on their achievements, Fitzgerald said: “For the last fifty nine years the Tidy Towns competition has brought enormous improvements to our local towns, villages and rural areas.

“Locally the enhancements brought about by our local tidy towns committees give the whole community a lift. Everyone who rolls up their sleeves and helps out in their community voluntar
ily deserves admiration. All groups have delivered visible improvements in our area. Your hard work has made our communities a more vibrant and better place,” said Fitzgerald.

“Congratulations to Lucan Tidy Towns who increased their score by 6 points to 305 points and deservedly were awarded a Bronze Award. Clondalkin Tidy Towns also had a massive increase of 10 points to a total of 281 points this year, while Palmerstown Tidy Towns increased their score by 5 points giving them a total of 256 for the 2017 Awards. Newcastle Tidy Towns has this year again experienced a huge increase in points up to 267 points an increase of 12 points on their 2016 score.

"Special congratulations to Brittas who earned an impressive 250 points on their first year returning to the competition since since the late 1980s. Well done to all community and residents groups who take great care of their areas even when not competing in the Tidy Towns Competition.

25 September 2017

Fitzgerald welcomes continuing strong growth in employment

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, has this week welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment continues to increase strongly with 48,000 more people employed in the year to Q2 2017.
Commenting on the release of the figures, Fitzgerald said “These figures are very encouraging and show that we are on the right path to full employment. My priority as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation is to ensure that more jobs are created across all regions and that the standard of living is improved for all our citizens.
“The latest figures show there are now 85,500 more people employed in the Dublin region since 2012, when Fine Gael launched the first Action Plan for Jobs.
“Unemployment is now at the lowest rate since 2008 at 6.1%, with all regions experiencing a boost in the number of people back at work. The drop in unemployment rate is also being reflected across Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Brittas also.

Fitzgerald welcomes ‘Inspiring the Future Ireland’ initiative to Collinstown Community College

Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the launch of the ‘Inspiring the Future’ initiative, which is being implemented by South Dublin County Partnership. The inaugural Inspiring the Future Ireland event took place in Collinstown Park Community College, the first school in Ireland to avail of this new initiative.

Speaking at the official launch, Fitzgerald said “Inspiring the Future provides the opportunity for ordinary working adults to go into a school near where they live or work and have a chat about the job that they do. These connections and simple conversations may spark a thought within a young person, may make them consider a career path they never thought about before, or may even make them realise the importance of what they learn in school and how that might influence their career choice. A simple conversation and supportive environment may inspire a young person to reach their full potential and consider career areas they may not have considered before.
 “As Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation I am really delighted to support this fantastic project. Well done to the team in South Dublin County Partnership, the Education and Employers Charity, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Google for introducing this project to Ireland.

Funding Allocated for Local Community Youth Groups

Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has today welcomed the announcement of funding towards community youth groups across Lucan, Clondalkin, Newcastle, Saggart, Rathcoole, Palmerstown and Brittas.
The funding which is being allocated by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is being made available to allow clubs buy valuable equipment which will support their work with young people.
Commenting on the funding, Fitzgerald said: “This equipment fund is being launched in recognition of the significant development work undertaken by these local youth groups in 2017.
“Each group should consult with its young members to ascertain their opinions on what equipment might be needed and how it will directly benefit them.
“Local groups and volunteers do invaluable work with the young people of our communities and I am delighted this funding will go some way to help them in their excellent work. I hope that the impact of this equipment fund will be significant for the groups, and I hope it will greatly enhance the experience of our local young participants.