Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
26 November 2015
Seasonal festivities will help rejuvenate communities – McAuliffe
The Chair of Dublin City Council’s Enterprise and Economic Development committee, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has welcomed the Council’s seasonal efforts to support local communities.
The provision of over 30 Christmas trees and the hosting of tree lighting ceremonies will help bring together local businesses, community groups and the city council, he said, and are an excellent example of everyone working together for the benefit of the city.
“These events are one way in which the council can support our urban villages and supports the call I made earlier this year for the rejuvenation of urban villages like Finglas, Phibsborough, Drumcondra and Rathmines to make them more attractive places to shop and socialise, thereby creating local jobs and boosting community spirit.
Cllr McAuliffe’s plan proposes:
▪ The establishment of a Village Team for each urban village in Dublin. This would include the local Tidy Towns Chairperson, a Garda Community Sergeant, local business owners and Dublin City Council planning experts;
▪ The establishment of a Village Manager in each of the nine electoral districts to coordinate the work of the Village Teams in that district;
▪ The roll-out of well-organised village markets and village festivals that compliment local businesses and help increase footfall in the area;
▪ Reduced commercial rates for new village based businesses and those in key areas;
▪ A commercial rates surcharge of 15% on out-of-town shopping centres;
▪ 90 minutes free parking in urban villages;
▪ Disincentives to prevent landlords from leaving units vacant or rendering them un-rentable.
“Villages like my own local village of Finglas have been the heart of Dublin communities for decades. However, many have suffered hugely in recent years due to changes in shopping trends and the economic climate. Sadly, too many of our once vibrant and action-packed urban village centres have lost their vibrancy, and are instead littered with closed down shops, vacant units and a sense of decline.
“Festive fairs, Santa visits and choirs will all help bring life back to our village centres and make them a more attractive place to shop, socialise and do business for Christmas,” said Cllr McAuliffe.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to welcome the festive season to their local area, and a chance to catch up with neighbours and friends. I would like to congratulate Dublin City Council for organising these beautiful trees and planning the lovely ceremonies all over the city,” he added.
A full list of ceremonies, many including the arrival of Santa, carol singing, refreshments etc. can be found at http://bit.ly/LocalTreeLighting
Check out www.DublinAtChristmas.ie for all our Christmas events.