17 January 2019

Friendlier Appeals Process Results in Additional Funding for Sports Clubs in Dublin-Mid West – Fitzgerald

Image result for lucan sarsfieldsFine Gael TD for Dublin Mid-West, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s decision to award Sports Capital Funding to two local sports clubs. For the first time ever, unsuccessful applicants of last year’s funding-programme were allowed to correct or amend their application instead of having to wait for the next round of Sports Capital Funding.

Following a review of last year’s applications, Lucan Sarsfields GAA and Bushido Martial Arts Clondalkin are to receive €150,000 and €11,000 respectively.

Image result for bushido clondalkinSpeaking on this morning’s announcement, Deputy Fitzgerald said:

“I have been a loyal supporter of our sports clubs in Dublin Mid-West and have worked closely with many club members and committees in their fundraising efforts – including making representations to my colleague, Minister Brendan Griffin.

“I am delighted for the members, athletes and supporters of Lucan Sarsfields and BMA Clondalkin - their success is testament to their hard work and dedication in delivering for their local communities. I have spoken directly with representatives of both clubs to congratulate them and pledged to continue my assistance to them over the coming year. I know that this funding will make a big difference to the players and coaching staff.  

“Minister Griffin has also informed me that this year’s Sports Capital Grants will be announced in two lots in 2019. I would encourage sports clubs, schools and local organisations to begin thinking and preparing projects that may be suitable for this very important scheme.


15 January 2019

€18,000 in Capital Funds Allocated to South Dublin Men’s Shed Groups in 2018 - Fitzgerald

Image result for mens shedsLocal Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the Department for Rural and Community Development’s decision to allocate just under €18,000 in grants to Men’s Shed Groups in South Dublin.
Following the allocation of the funding to each Local Authority area last July, an application process was then overseen by Local Community Development Committees around the country.

Commenting on the news, Deputy Fitzgerald said:

“I am delighted to confirm that my colleague, Minister Ring, has allocated funding to nine Men’s Sheds across South Dublin.

“I am particularly pleased to confirm that Lucan Men’s Shed and Clondalkin Men’s Shed – both in my own constituency of Dublin Mid-West – were awarded €2,500 and €1,530 respectively.

“Men’s Sheds are a valuable facility. In recent years they have become a fixture of life in towns and villages throughout Ireland. They offer a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment where men of all ages can share skills, work on meaningful projects and connect with their communities.

“I welcome the Department’s decision and look forward to continuing my support of these important local amenities.”


Public Library for Rathcoole and Villages Well Overdue - Fitzgerald

Image result for library cartoonLocal Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has called on South Dublin County Council to seriously consider the development of a Public Library in Rathcoole.

At present, residents of Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Brittas are served by a South Dublin County Council Mobile Library – a service that some residents can only avail of either once or twice a week, depending on the location. 

“Each of the four village districts in Dublin Mid-West have been identified as some of the fastest-growing towns in Ireland, according to the latest Census figures. Yet these areas do not have important community facilities such as a Public Library.

“Whilst these villages have been served by a mobile community library in the past, many residents have no choice but to venture as far as Lucan, Clondalkin or Tallaght to avail of a library service. I believe that the time has come for the Council to seriously consider the need for a library in these areas.

“In 2015, South Dublin County Council stated that its Libraries Department would consider Rathcoole as a potential library location, subject to a planned investment programme for library infrastructure being put in place.

Nearly four years have passed with very little movement or decisions on the issue. I believe the time has come for the Council to clearly commit to a public library for the area. I will continue to work on behalf of my constituents for this very important community need.”