Surplus budget money from Dublin City Council is put to very good use
By Maurice Garvey
SURPLUS money from Dublin City Council’s budget has been put to good use for community projects across Dublin South Central.
In February, local councillors decided where to allocate a Budget surplus of €917,000 for different groups, organisations and clubs in the constituency.
This included a €50,000 refurbishment of the Convent Lawns community centre in Ballyfermot, which is set to open as new Naíonra and community building in January.
People Before Profit Councillor Hazel De Nortúin lobbied for a Naíonra in Ballyfermot for years, as it was something the area lacked.
Cllr De Nortúin said: “I am delighted refurbishment works are due to start on site immediately. The Naíonra will be part of the Irish language cultural centre – Teanga Beo. This will be a very important cultural centre that is available for the whole community.
“We are hoping for the work to be completed and for the Naíonra to be open in January.
“The process was long, but I am very grateful to DCC for the allocation of these funds and for the members of Teanga Beo who have been vitally important in this process.”
Dublin City Council are hosting an open public meeting for the new Convent Garden community centre at St Dominic’s Secondary School on Monday, October 24 at 7.30 in the evening.
Cllr De Nortúin said: “We are looking for any groups or individuals from the area to get involved, so that we can have broad community participation.
“Residents can find Teangabeo on Facebook or alternatively ring us on 085 1915429.”