30 January 2019

Major €500M Investment To Create 560 Jobs in Clondalkin – Fitzgerald

Local TD, Frances Fitzgerald has heralded the launch of Echelon Data Centres Limited ‘a major encouragement for local and Irish business’ after their announcement of 460 construction jobs and 100 operational positions in Clondalkin.

Echelon Data Centres is a data centre owner, developer and operator building a network of large-scale data centre campuses across Europe to meet the rapidly expanding global demand for data processing and storage solutions. Echelon is owned by Aldgate Developments, which has more than one million square feet of commercial development in progress in Dublin and London.

84 MW of capacity will be provided on the 35-acre site – with the first tranche of 40MW of capacity becoming available in quarter three of 2020.

Speaking after the launch, Deputy Fitzgerald said: “Today’s announcement is incredibly encouraging for Irish business – considering the domination of this sector by global giants in Silicon Valley. Echelon has secured planning permission for a 477,000 square foot, state-of-the-art data centre, which will be located in the Clondalkin Industrial Estate.

“Phase One of this ground-breaking project has already commenced. A 269,000 square foot data centre building, with 40MW of capacity, will be powered by the national grid and available for occupation in 2020. In addition, future users and employees can also expect to see the completion of 43,000 square foot of office and ancillary space by this date.

“The total investment is expected to total half a billion euro – which will create local employment through construction and operation jobs within the sector.”

Also announced at the launch was an additional €500M investment in Avoca, Co. Wicklow, for an additional data centre on a 200-acre site.


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.”