Kilcullen childcare project gets go-ahead

Maureen Keogh, Emma Berney, and Peggy Walker with the Draft Plan of the proposed new Community Childcare and Family Centre pictured when Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald to the Kilcullen Community Playgroup in April.  Photo Tony Keane.
It appears a Government decision not to support Kilcullen Community Childcare and Education Centre has been reversed.

It appears a Government decision not to support Kilcullen Community Childcare and Education Centre has been reversed.

A statement issued by Deputy Martin Heydon last week revealed that Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has approved funding of €356,450 to County Kildare Leader for construction of a new Community Childcare Facility.

As reported earlier this month in the Leinster Leader, the project to build a new centre has come unstuck after offficals at the Department ruled that because it was a childcare facility, it was ineligable for funding.

That’s despite the fact that funding was secured last year for a manager to progress the project.

“I have been in constant contact with Minister Hogan for the last six weeks since this issue was first raised to highlight the importance of the project,” Martin Heydon explained.

“I am delighted that it has now been successfully resolved.

“Irrespective of how the problem arose, I fought to ensure that this funding was secured for the Community of Kilcullen.

“This facility has been two years in the planning thanks to the voluntary efforts of many hard working local people and will be a huge benefit to the town.”

Campaigners for the facility confirmed the news when contacted yesterday. They received comfirmation of the news from LEADER, which administers the funding, yesterday afternoon.

A spokesperson said they were delighted with the news.

Deputy Heydon complimented “the hard working committee on their enormous effort in getting this project so far and past so many hurdles.

“I look forward to seeing all of their hard work now come to fruition.”

- Conor McHugh