Gormley addresses Greener Ballymun Conference

 

Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government addressed the Greener Ballymun Conference in Civic Offices, Ballymun.

The conference was part of the celebrations to mark the 10th Anniversary of Ballymun Regeneration and involved several presentations on environmental initiatives implemented as part of the project.

Speaking at the conference, Minister Gormley said - "It is fitting that a conference such as this one takes place here in Ballymun, as you have been leading the way in terms of communities' changing their behaviour and taking on initiatives to enhance and protect the environment. Partnership is key and I am delighted to see community groups, neighbourhood councils, residents, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, Dublin City Council and Global Action Plan (GAP) all working together. You are a shining example to other communities across Ireland."

The Minister said that he had established a biodiversity fund for capital projects to support site conservation and management for the enhancement of biodiversity at local level. He congratulated Ballymun Regeneration on taking the initiative in preparing the Ballymun Biodiversity Action Plan and said that it is vital that we increase these efforts at all levels of society.

He spoke about the significant achievements which have been made in the last decade since the publication of the Masterplan for the new Ballymun in March 1998. "It is worth noting that, prior to the regeneration programme, 90% of the traffic on the Main Street was passing through. Ten years on, Ballymun is moving from being a 'through route' to a destination in its own right.

"The achievements to-date provide the basis for ensuring that the residents and businesses in the area can grasp the opportunities denied to previous generations - yielding a strong, vibrant and, ultimately, sustainable Ballymun for the 21st century" - Minister Gormley added.

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