Thirty four jobs saved at Allenwood Enterprise Park and creche

Council asked to intervene as caretaker

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Thirty four jobs saved at Allenwood Enterprise Park and creche

Allenwood Enterprise Park

Thirty four jobs at Allenwood Enterprise Park and Bright Sparks Creche have been saved by the intervention of Kildare County Council.

The local authority has been appointed caretaker of Allenwood Community Development Association CLG.

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of Allenwood Community Development Association CLG (ACDAL) yesterday evening a proposal to appoint Kildare County Council in a caretaker capacity of the Enterprise Park subject to compliance with company law was unanimously approved.

Welcoming the decision, Kildare County Councillor and ACDAL Board member Mark Stafford said “the decision of the Board of Directors to reach out to Kildare County Council for support and assistance has secured the 34 jobs in the Enterprise Park and Bright Sparks Creche. The Council will on an interim basis have an oversight role in the day to day operations of the organisation and shall devise a long business plan for the future of the Centre and assist with the appointment of a new Board of Directors.”

ACDAL was founded in 1994 following the closure of the Bord na Mona/ESB Generation Station as a major community development project for the area.

In addition to the staff employed in the Enterprise Park and creche, the centre is a full time place of work for 76 people with over 90 children attending the crèche.

“Both Cllr Daragh Fitzpatrick and I have been working to secure the future of ACDAL for the last 18 months” states Cllr Stafford.

“We would like to thank Peter Carey CEO, Sonya Kavanagh Director of Service and especially Jacqui McNabb Local Enterprise Officer who along with Paul Murtagh Business Advisor were instrumental in preparing a comprehensive report on the current operations.

“We would acknowledge the dedication and foresight shown by the Board of Directors who are all volunteers in bringing ACDAL so far particularly with the increased workload necessitated by enhanced regulatory and governance requirements. Many of the directors are former employees of centre when it was an ESB station and all have a deep affinity with the centre and the local community. Kildare County Council will now work with existing and potential new partners such as POBAL, County Kildare Childcare Committee, County Kildare Leader Partnership and KWETB to further enhance and develop the centre as community development hub.”

Cllr Stafford said this an exciting time for ACDAL and there is great enthusiasm to develop the centres vision as  Kildare’s best small business centre.

“I have also been working with the local tidy towns group and playground committee with a view to locating the new playground adjacent to the crèche,” he added.

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