Dublin community groups to benefit from Public Area Enhancement Scheme

€105,000 for Dublin City Council

Cllr Kieran Binchy has welcomed the announcement of €105,000 in funding to Dublin City Council to support community groups to enhance their areas. The funding comes as part of a €3 million Public Area Enhancement Scheme announced by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD.

 “2014 has been a challenging year so far for local authorities in terms of managing their public spaces due to the inclement weather conditions we have experienced,” explained Cllr Binchy, standing for Fine Gael in Pembroke South Docks in the upcoming local elections. 

“Towns and cities across the country will be hoping for another very successful tourist season this year, following on from the success of Gathering Ireland in 2013. This additional, once-off fund is being provided to support local authorities’ efforts to prepare and maintain their public areas in an effort to maximise the economic benefits that can flow from increased visitors to their towns, cities and counties.

“This additional funding for Dublin can be used for clean-up of parks and recreational areas or even the cleaning and making safe of derelict buildings. All work undertaken should be additional to work already planned and must also be supplemented with 25% matching funding from the local authority.

“The Minister has asked that this funding be used to undertake work in cooperation with community based groups where possible.  The work of these groups is also crucial to the tourism potential of this country, as it ensures our cities, towns and villages look their best for visitors.”