Local Fianna Fáil Councillor, Charlie O’Connor has said the reconstruction of the St Aengus Action Group Centre at Castletymon Green following a fire last November is hugely important to those living in the area.
O’Connor, who is also a General Election Candidate in Dublin South West, raised the matter with the Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council this week.
He said, “It was a major relief that there was no one killed or injured as a result of the fire that occurred late last year but the loss of the centre has still been devastating.
“Repairing the extensive damage caused to the premises used by the St Aengus Community Drug Treatment Project is essential not just for those that avail of services at the centre but for the greater Tallaght area as a whole. A lot of people and their families have benefitted from the centre and see it as a safe place free from judgement or harm over the years.
“As a member of the executive of the Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce I’m aware it has extended some much needed support to those working with the St Aengus project. They have worked tremendously hard in difficult circumstances to ensure that at least some of its drug treatment and rehabilitation services could be facilitated in the nearby community centre as a short term measure.
“The Chief executive has informed me that insurance assessors have been to the site and the local authority Architects Dept have been approached to best advise how to approach repairing and/or rebuilding the premises. The centre is a valuable asset and must be quickly restored to the area.
He concluded, “I intend on monitoring this situation very closely and to do all I can to urge the Council to get the centre fully back up and running without delay.