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Cllr. Cormac Devlin, "Saint Michaels", Glenageary Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
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March 2007

Local Councillor for the area, Cormac Devlin asked the Council to un-block a drain outside #18 Rochestown Park as this drain is not working correctly.

Question:Councillor Cormac Devlin
To ask the Manager to repair the section footpath along Rochestown Park particularly outside #3, #7, #14 & #24 as they are un-safe for pedestrians?

These footpaths will have temporary repairs carried out in the next few weeks.  They are not on the Footpath Restoration Programme for 2007.  However, it may be possible to carry out repairs, if resources become available.


September 2007

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) has welcomed the funding announced by Minsiter for Foreign Affairs  Dermot Ahern TD of €10 million for Irish Community Groups in Britain.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., has announced grants of €9.89 million (Stg£6.67 million) to 130 organisations in the voluntary sector that work with the Irish community in Britain.  The particular focus of the funding is to support the services that help the more vulnerable members of the Irish community there.  

The bulk of the funding (79%) will go to Welfare projects, including significant funding for projects providing services for the elderly Irish and also to support the provision of mental health services for those vulnerable members of the Irish community in Britain.

In announcing the grant allocations, Minister Ahern emphasised the particular priority which he attaches to supporting projects that benefit older Irish people:

“Assisting the older members of our community in Britain is a clear priority.  Many of the organisations receiving funding this year cater for the elderly, ranging from informal community networking groups for senior citizens to professional organisations that offer a range of services.”

These grant allocations are a clear reflection of the Government's strong commitment to the welfare and enhancement of our community in Britain.  We are determined to maintain and develop this substantial level of support in future years”.

Commenting on the distribution of grants, the Minister said:
“I am delighted that the extra funding available for Emigrant Services has allowed for a broadening of both the range and geographical spread of eligible projects, with increased applications from Scotland, Wales and the North of England.

While the primary emphasis of funding continues to be on supporting projects that promote the welfare of the elderly, homeless and vulnerable, I am pleased that additional funding has also made it possible to support a number of heritage and cultural projects which are vital to the development of community networks and which help to foster community spirit.  Altogether over €1.2 million is being granted to organisations providing a range of activities in these areas, to demonstrate support for a positive and dynamic community spirit.”

Minister Ahern expressed his deep appreciation of the work and dedication of the Díon Advisory Committee – an advisory Committee on welfare issues for the Irish in Britain – for the time and effort they have spent in providing their advice and expertise on the large number of grant applications received.

Note for Editors:
These grants account for the majority of this year’s allocation to Irish community organisations in Britain. 

Since 1984 the Government has given financial support to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to vulnerable Irish emigrants in Britain.  Close to €50 million has been allocated to Irish community groups since then, with 84% of this amount allocated since 2000.  Recipient organisations provide advice, counselling and support services for Irish people in need in Britain. 

Priority targets for funding are services that support the elderly, the homeless and people affected by illness or substance misuse problems, as well as services for the Traveller community.  However, the eligibility criteria have been expanded to allow consideration of cultural, heritage, sporting and other activities which help to foster community contact and support.  Further decisions on capital grant allocations are currently under consideration and will be announced later in the year. 

Government funding for emigrant services continues to rise significantly.  In 2007 a figure of €15.165 million has been allocated for emigrant services worldwide, compared to €12 million in 2006 - an increase of 26%.  While most of the available funding is directed to organisations in Britain, grants are also extended to groups in the USA, Australia, Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as to a number of organisations in Ireland engaged in activities that support Irish emigrants. 

Grants:   Britain July 2007
Name of Organisation     Stg£  / Euro:
Acton Homeless Concern  40,350/59,866
Batley IDL      2,500/3,709 
Benefits Advice Shop    4,700/6,973 
Birmingham Irish Community Forum Ltd    142,749/ 211,794
Blackfriars Advice Centre       37,891/56,218
Bolton Irish Community Association Ltd  10,000/14,837
Brent Adolescent Centre         23,756/35,246
Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)     145,000/215,134
Brian Boru IDL Club     28,700/42,582
Broadway Homelessness & Support 35,000/51,929
Camden Women's Aid      39,598/58,751
CARA Irish Housing Association Ltd      85,244/126,475
Causeway Irish Housing Association Ltd  16,328/24,226
Celtic & Irish Cultural Society 14,300/21,217
Central Eltham Youth Project (CEYP)     25,000/37,092
Conradh na Gaeilge (Craobh Phádraig Mhic Phiarais)      28,230/41,884
Council of Irish County Associations (London)   10,000/14,837
Coventry Irish Society  114,015/169,162
Cricklewood Homeless Concern    157,054/233,018
Derby Irish Association 10,000/14,837
Dewsbury Irish National League Club     15,000/ 22,255
Doncaster Irish Association     2,000/2,967 
Eastleigh and District Irish Society    7,500/11,128
Edinburgh Cyrenians Good Food/Homeless  9,958/ 14,774
Eireanns Way    1,000/1,484 
Emerald Circle Club     3,000/4,451 
Equinox 27,914/41,415
Federation of Irish Societies           580,557/861,361
Feis Ghlaschú   3,000/4,451 
Friends, Families & Travellers  13,087/19,417
Garngad Irish Heritage Group    3,300/4,896 
GEAR Project Company Ltd        20,000/29,674
Golden Shamrock Club, Nottingham        12,049/17,877
Greenwich Irish Pensioners  Association         4,000 /5,935 
Halifax & District Irish Society        26,700/39,614
Halifax Irish Centre Amateur F.C.       1,000 /1,484 
Halifax Irish A.R.L.F.C.        1,000 /1,484 
Halifax Irish Junior F.C.       1,000 /1,484 
Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre    132,437 /196,494
Huddersfield Irish Centre       11,110 / 16,484
Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade Association        8,000 /  11,869
ICAP    148,254 /219,961
IDL Club Haslingden Davitt Branch       5,760 /  8,546 
IDL Club Bradford       8,500/   12,611
Innisfree Housing Association Ltd       25,000/  37,092
Irish Centre Housing Ltd        35,406 / 52,531
Irish Charitable Trust  122,505 /181,758
Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas         100,000/ 148,368
Irish Community Care Merseyside         231,840/ 343,976
Irish Community Care  (Manchester)      169,834 /251,979
Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith Ltd   175,000 /259,644
Irish Diaspora Foundation       35,315  /52,396
Irish Elderly Advice Network    81,313  /120,642
Irish Heritage          7,000 /  10,386
Irish History Month     15,000/  22,255
Irish in Greenwich      155,249/ 230,340
Irish Traveller Movement in Britain     63,843 / 94,723
Irish Welfare & Info Centre (IWIC)      159,843 /237,156
Irish World Heritage Centre     37,250 / 55,267
Lancashire Federation of Irish Democ.League Club        5,000 /7,418 
Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange (GATE) 45,839 / 68,010
Leeds Irish Health & Homes      131,840 /195,608
Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade   7,000  / 10,386
Leicester Irish Forum   41,424 / 61,460
Lewisham Irish Community Centre 48,768 / 72,356
Lewisham Irish Pensioners Association   7,295 /  10,823
London Gypsy & Traveller Unit   65,007 / 96,450
London Irish Amateur Rugby Football Club        10,000 / 14,837
London Irish Music School       11,500 / 17,062
London Irish Pensioners Choir   2,000  / 2,967 
London Irish Women's Centre     89,234 / 132,395
Luton Irish Forum       101,452/ 150,522
Manchester Irish Festival       15,000 / 22,255
Manchester Irish Language Group         700   /    1,039 
Mansfield & Dukeries Association        7,800  /   11,573
Mazenod Social Community Club   6,450 /  9,570 
Milton Keynes Irish Centre Limited      29,000   /43,027
New Horizon Youth Centre Ltd    35,941 / 53,325
NOAH Enterprise 141,789 /210,369
Northampton Irish Support Group         62,005 / 91,996
North Wales Irish Society       3,800 /  5,638 
Nottingham St Patrick's Day Parade Association  8,000/   11,869
Novas Ouvertures Group Ltd, Arlington House     64,578/  95,813
Our Lady Help of Christians     55,402 / 82,199
Passage 2000    35,000/  51,929
Pendle & District Irish Society 2,000  / 2,967 
Queen's Park Senior Citizens Group      5,000  / 7,418 
Rehab UK Teach na hÉireann Irish Elders Day Care Centre 74,911/  111,144
Return to Ireland       96,000 / 142,433
Safe Start Foundation   99,000 / 146,884
Sandwell Irish Society  4,000/   5,935 
South London Irish Association  3,000/   4,451 
South London Irish Welfare Society      70,000/  103,858
Southwark Irish Cultural & Arts Development Centre      7,000/   10,386
Southwark Irish Pensioners Project      194,241/ 288,191
Southwark Irish Youth   12,500/  18,546
St. Ann's Senior Citizens Club  3,000/   4,451 
St Michael's Irish Centre       71,784/  106,504
St. Mungo's Community Housing Association       31,500/  46,736
St Patrick's Festival Committee 6,500/   9,644 
St Patrick's  Senior Tuesday Lunch Club         3,500/ 5,193 
St Stephen's Irish Pensioners Project   3,000/ 4,451 
St Theresa's House      29,495/43,761
Streetwork UK   30,000 /44,510
Tara Irish Pensioners   3,000 /4,451 
The Connection at St Martin's   20,000 / 29,674
The Emerald Centre      40,525 /60,126
The Emerald Social Club 8,000/ 11,869
The Emerald Sports & Cultural Club      7,500/11,128
The Fireside Charity    38,669/57,372
The Halifax Irish Centre        10,000/14,837
The Hibernian Society   41,750/61,944
The Irish Arts Foundation       68,008/100,902
The Irish Chaplaincy in Britain         75,000/111,276
The London Irish Centre Charity 482,974/716,579
The Marian Senior Citizens Club 5,100/7,567 
The Maya Centre 22,666/33,629
The Peckham Settlement  71,816/106,552
The Simon Community     16,170/23,991
Thursday Over 60s Club  1,000/1,484 
Tyneside Irish Centre Ltd       16,000/23,739
Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Ltd     21,000/31,157
University of Central Lancaster 5,483/8,135 
Yorkshire Federation of IDL Clubs       5,000/7,418 
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann - Provincial Council of Britain     134,518/199,582
Safe Home Programme Ltd 117,950/175,000
Provincial Council of Britain GAA       250,000/370,920
TOTAL                           6,671,323       9,898,105