FIANNA Fáil Councillor James Collins has said that his campaign to bring a community centre to the Raheen, Dooradoyle and Mungret area has been “very frustrating”, as the council has yet to confirm a site.
Cllr Collins called on the council to provide a “suitable site” for a community centre, at this week’s metropolitan district meeting. A response from the council said that a “masterplan” is currently being prepared for Mungret and that other sites are also being reviewed.
However, Cllr Collins said that he has been “waiting a year for a master plan”, and that he has highlighted a site by Ballykeefe for potential use.
“We have identified a number of sites, some of which are in council ownership and we are asking the council to make them available to us. I highlighted one during the course of the meeting that we are not really using, which is by Ballykeefe estate. It was a laboratory that used to be there that the council used to have, but at the moment there is a portacabin on it, where the workers have their tea break, and we store some loose rubble on it.
“The answer that we get back from the council is that we can’t make it available, it’s too strategic. The reason we want it is because it’s strategic. It’s ideal for a community centre, people can walk there. We have had approaches from a men’s sheds project and that they would like to possibly use that site as well,” he explained.
Previously, Cllr Collins called on the council to make the former Motor Tax office, at Lissanalta House, a space for a new local centre.
“We have been asking for a number of weeks. I have been saying this for quite a while, this council seems to be very commercially focused. We need to revisit our social remit and our community focus as well.”
A council spokesperson said that future usage of Lissanalta House is presently being considered.