Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith secures half a million pounds funding from Irish government

And another Irish related news story:
Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith secures £550K funding
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012
The Board of Trustees has just announced that the Irish Government has granted £550K to the Centre to assist in securing the purchase of the freehold of the building and in recognition of the significant work carried out by the Centre to promote Irish culture in London.

In a statement this afternoon the Board of Trustees highlighted:

"We wish to publicly express our sincere gratitude to the Irish government for assisting us secure a permanent home in London that is dedicated to Irish culture, our country’s greatest resource.

The Board of Irish Cultural Centre is currently in the advanced stages of negotiations with both Hammersmith and Fulham Council and the widely respected Shepherd’s Bush Housing Association (SBHA) whereby the Irish Cultural Centre would be able to purchase the freehold of the premises and provide a lease to SBHA.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the proposed strategy is to demolish the existing structure and erect a new building incorporating a well-designed Centre with greater revenue-generation capacity and with residential accommodation to be located on the upper floors. It is anticipated that this project would take circa 18 months to complete. During this period the Centre’s services will continue to be delivered locally."

Further credit is also given to the MPs who have shown their continued support over the course of the campaign - in particular those that signed an early day motion in 2011 urging the Government to support the local Irish community in its efforts to secure the long-term future of the Irish Cultural Centre.

Andy Slaughter17/01/2011 HammersmithLabour Proposed
Jeremy Corbyn17/01/2011 Islington NorthLabour Seconded
Kelvin Hopkins17/01/2011 Luton NorthLabour Seconded
Sheila Gilmore17/01/2011 Edinburgh EastLabour Seconded
Siobhain McDonagh17/01/2011 Mitcham & MordenLabour Seconded
John McDonnell17/01/2011 Hayes & HarlingtonLabour Seconded
Kerry McCarthy17/01/2011 Bristol EastLabour Signed
Linda Riordan17/01/2011 HalifaxLabour Signed
Kate Green17/01/2011 Stretford and UrmstonLabour Signed
Lisa Nandy17/01/2011 WiganLabour Signed
Chuka Umunna17/01/2011 StreathamLabour Signed
Valerie Vaz17/01/2011 Walsall SouthLabour Signed
Keith Vaz17/01/2011 Leicester EastLabour Signed
Stephen Twigg17/01/2011 Liverpool, West DerbyLabour Signed
Barry Gardiner17/01/2011 Brent NorthLabour Signed
Mike Gapes17/01/2011 Ilford SouthLabour Signed
Frank Dobson17/01/2011 Holborn & St PancrasLabour Signed
John Cryer17/01/2011 Leyton and WansteadLabour Signed
Karen Buck17/01/2011 Westminster NorthLabour Signed
David Lammy17/01/2011 TottenhamLabour Signed
Alan Keen17/01/2011 Feltham & HestonLabour Signed
Hywel Francis18/01/2011 AberavonLabour Signed
Mark Durkan18/01/2011 FoyleSDLP Signed
Martin Caton18/01/2011 GowerLabour Signed
Alan Meale18/01/2011 MansfieldLabour Signed
Dennis Skinner18/01/2011 BolsoverLabour Signed
Ian Lavery19/01/2011 WansbeckLabour Signed
Paul Flynn19/01/2011 Newport WestLabour Signed
Jim Dobbin19/01/2011 Heywood & MiddletonLabour Signed
Tony Lloyd19/01/2011 Manchester CentralLabour Signed
Chris Ruane19/01/2011 Vale of ClwydLabour Signed
John Robertson19/01/2011 Glasgow North WestLabour Signed
Daniel Rogerson20/01/2011 North CornwallLiberal Democrat Signed
Alasdair McDonnell20/01/2011 Belfast SouthSDLP Signed
Margaret Ritchie20/01/2011 South DownSDLP Signed
Elfyn Llwyd25/01/2011 Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid Cymru Signed
Marsha Singh27/01/2011 Bradford WestLabour Signed
James McGovern03/02/2011 Dundee WestLabour Signed
David Crausby10/02/2011 Bolton North EastLabour Signed
Paul Murphy15/02/2011 TorfaenLabour Signed

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