Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South, Jim O’Callaghan has urged the local community to support the campaign to locate a new premises for the Ranelagh Arts Centre which has organised important cultural activities in Ranelagh village for many years.

The Deputy was commenting after it emerged that the popular voluntary organisation, Ranelagh Arts Centre, is being forced to relocate from its current premises by October.

He said, “Ranelagh Arts Centre has resided at 26 Ranelagh Village for the past nine years and has been the source of much vibrancy and creativity in our community.

“It is a great shame that after almost a decade, high commercial rents will drive this voluntary led group out of its centrally located hub. It is vital that efforts are made to identify a new suitable premises in order that the organisation can continue.

“Local residents feel very strongly about the cultural importance of Ranelagh Arts Centre in the village and will be very disappointed if this cultural centre does not find a new home in Ranelagh.

“The group’s work relies solely on donations and volunteer assistance, and its regularly run variety of activities would be a massive loss to our area. A big effort must be made to maintain its presence in the village.

“The village has always had its own unique, local character and that’s what makes it so popular.

“I urge everyone to support the many events being held at this year’s annual Ranelagh Arts festival from September 27th– October 6th and get behind Ranelagh Arts Centre in its search for a new premises,” he concluded.