Dublin South-West

Having worked with the people of Dublin South West for over 30 years, it is an honour to be elected as a public representative for this constituency.

I look forward to working with the people of Tallaght, Templeogue, Rathfarnham, Firhouse, Bohernabreena, Knoocklyon, Greenhills and Walkinstown to bring about better change for our communities.

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  • A  very special ceremony to mark the official naming of the Ann Louise Gilligan Lecture Theatre took place last Monday 3rd Dec at Dublin City University’s St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra. Organised as part of a DCU Women in Leadership initiative,  the evening saw one of...

  • It is time for neighbours, communities and services in the South County Dublin Council area to put in place measures to ensure that we are ready to meet the challenges of extreme weather during the winter ahead, Minister Zappone’s call to action coincides with the...

  • A €20m Renal Unit for Tallaght University Hospital is a step closer following confirmation that a contract has been signed, according to Dublin South West Independent Minister Katherine Zappone. Minister Zappone says the provision of the unit is essential to meet the demand for a...

  • Local Children, Parents and Providers in Childcare Budget Boost  Extra €89m will deliver real results in our communities Budget 2019 is delivering childcare changes will make a big difference for families in Tallaght, Citywest, Rathfarnham and surrounding communities, according to Dublin South West Independent Minister,...

  • More than €73,000 is being provided to youth clubs and services in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Lucan under a grant scheme announced by local Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs say the money is being used for small capital works at...

  • The 2018 Sports Capital Programme is now open for applications. Applications are being sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports...

  • Friday 13th July Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone  was delighted to be invited and attend Saoirse Womens Refuge family fun day hosted by Loretto Hockey club captain Bronwyn O Donnell. For more information on Loretto Hockey Club visit http://www.loretohockeyclub.ie/  

  • Minister Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was absolutley delighted to visit Knocklyon United Football Club today in Ballycullen. Minister Zappone was able to meet members of our Executive Committee and some of the fantastic players at the club ” I was delighted...

  • Fun day at the Bohernabreena Tractor Run. Amazing community spirit and exciting tractor adventures!

  • “I would like to acknowledge the significant progress achieved by Scouting Ireland to date in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report, particularly with regard to those recommendations relating to safeguarding issues. In view of the Board’s commitment to the full implementation of...

  • A major expansion of facilities at IT Tallaght has taken a big step forward with the appointment of a team of architects and designers, according to Dublin South West Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone. IT Tallaght Expansion Plan: The phase 2 development of the campus will...

  • Ibrahim Halawa welcomed to Government Buildings by Taoiseach and Minister Zappone Independent Dublin South West Minister Katherine Zappone welcomed Ibrahim Halawa to Government Buildings and Leinster House. Minister Zappone invited him to meet politicians who supported the campaign to free Ibrahim from a Cairo Prison....

  • I was delighted to attend the Loretto Hockey Club Annial Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Christmas  celebration event this weekend. I wish all the club members, family and friends a wonderful Christmas and peaceful New Year

  • Dublin City University, 7 December 2017 I am so pleased to accept the invitation to deliver this lecture from President Brian MacCraith.  Dublin City University was the academic home of my late beloved spouse, Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan. It was Ann Louise who first introduced...

  • Sports clubs serving Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Citywest emerge as major winners in the Governments sports grants scheme. Sport is the lifeblood of our communities in Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Citywest. As well as enjoyment there are many health and wellbeing benefits for local people of all...

  • €200,000 in funding is to be provided to 53 local volunteer youth clubs The money is being made available to groups working with young people in Tallaght, Citywest, Rathfarnham, Clondalkin and Lucan to buy new equipment. As a local Independent TD and Minister for Children...

  • This years annual LGBT annual Christmas Carol Service will take place in  Unitarian Church St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 Guest Speaker: Michael Murphy ,Broadcaster, Psychoanalyst and Author Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus Collection will be for Brother Kevin, Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People

  • Success for Tallaght Groups at Community Spirit Awards The Community Spirit Awards recognizes the hard work and commitment of local and voluntary Grants of €1,000 were awarded to the Foroige Stay Project, Litter Mugs, Tallaght Travellers Community Development Project, Women Together Tallaght Network and the...

  • Social Inclusion: full and equal participation in all aspects of life Social Inclusion is about creating a society where  everyone experiences full and equal participation in all aspects of life. South Dublin County Council remains committed to sustaining and enhancing efforts to improve the quality...

  • Comhairle Na nÓg study by young people is a first More than 3,200 young voices had their say in the Comhairle na nÓg research which focused on the topic of Education. There is a focus on three key areas which young people identified as needing...

  • Release of Ibrahim Halawa a ‘huge relief’ ‘Freedom is a tribute to determination, commitment and love of family, friends and campaigners” Supports must be a priority following years of imprisonment The release of Ibrahim Halawa is a huge relief for all who campaigned for this...

  • IT Tallaght expansion included in major Government funding package The phase two development of IT Tallaght is one of just eleven projects being progressed nationwide and a technical appraisal will now commence of the work. New facilities will include a technical development centre (i.e. practice...

  • Storm Ophelia ESB Network Power Check   Please note that reconnections may take a number of days due to the widespread impact of Storm Ophelia.   In this context, ESB Networks is mobilising to respond to possible damage expected. An email address Storm17@esb.ie  has been...

  • Walk in information clinics Rathfarnham – 10-11 am Thursday 12th October Katherine Zappone Information Clinic begins this Thurday 12th at 10-11am, Ballyroan Community Centre 103- 111 Marian Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 No appointment is neccesary but please feel free to email ruth.frost@oir.ie or call 01...

  • Community Endeavour Awards Just over a week remaining to make an application to South Dublin County Council’s Community Endeavour Awards 2017 (Closing Date: Friday 13th of October at 4pm), so again please make sure your community group makes an application and please spread the word...

  •  Supporting bereaved parents in the community Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents in your community, will host a Bereavement Information Evening on Monday 9th of October from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24.   You may be aware...

  • Young people get say on how cash is spent Youth Clubs in South Dublin County Council and the other three Dublin local authority areas can apply now for a share of €1m to buy new equipment.Overall 277 volunteer led youth clubs are eligible for funding...

  •   Minister Zappone Visit to Tallaght Hospital I was delighted to be invited to Tallaght Hospital to be briefed on the Hospitals’ vision for Infrastructural development in line with the Clinical Services Strategy. Great work is been done and I look forward to keeping up...

  • We must continue to protect Green Areas and Parks Tallaght has been declared ‘clean to European norms’ according to the latest survey conducted by the business group, Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). The findings are a  tribute to community groups, volunteers and South Dublin County...

  • Anam Cara supporting bereaved parents in your community Anam Cara will hold its monthly parent evening on Monday 11th of September from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24.   You may be aware of bereaved families in your community, who...

  • Transition Year Debate Invitation to Apply 2018 will mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote, following the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918. The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission will be marking this significant democratic milestone with a programme...

  • Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that inspires everyone to reach their full potential as they age Age & Opportunity wants to inspire you and the people around you to reach your full potential as you age, no matter what age you are now....

  • 10th Anniversary Conference of Childhood Development Initiative The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) supports the delivery of a range of early intervention and prevention programmes to improve outcomes for children in disadvantaged areas, including childhood care and education, child development courses, parental support and community program

  • Review of operational effectiveness of existing health services responses in addressing the particular needs of those with autism spectrum disorder Dear parents, For many of you as parents of children with ASD it has been a difficult uphill struggle, constantly fighting for early intervention and...

  • Older people and those seriously injured to get new lifeline from emergency services New technology which will allow local emergency services to track the exact location of a 999 or 112 emergency call from smart phones will save lives in our communities. The service which...

  • Bus passengers on routes 76, 76a, 175 and 75 will have a new operator from November 2018. I can assure that the new opeartor will not lead to increased fares or reduced services and I welcome guarantees that free travel passes will be honoured by...

  • Public Consultation on Review of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government opened a public consultation process, inviting submissions on the targeted review of the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, following its...

  • Dublin South Dublin Council Service for Your Street If you have an issue on your street, use this convienient online service to log and track your convern Please use FixYourStreet.ie for the following type of issues: Graffiti, Leaks and Drainage, Litter and Illegal Dumping, Road...

  • Lump sum payments will help prevent fuel poverty Stocking up on coal or heating oil can be a hugely expensive time for any household – requiring a lot of saving. By allowing the option of two lump payments over the winter months the saving burden...

  • Fantastic afternoon spent in Ballyroan chatting to constituents and enjoying refreshments in the community centre! #TeamZappone If you have any local  issues you would like to discuss please contact a member of my team in my Constituency Office 45 Main Street, Tallaght Village  Tel: 01...

  • There’s another FREE family fun event in Tymon Park tomorrow morning If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow morning with the little ones why not head along to Tymon Park for the planned family fun event.As part of a programme run by South Dublin...

  • I was delighted to be invited to judge  at this wonderful fundraising event “Bark in The Park”  in Tymon Park in aid of Irish Blue Cross. The event drew dog lovers and dogs alike to take part in a 4km walk and dog competition. There...

  • Tallaght’s young business people should seize the opportunity to win a share of €50,000 being offered through the Local Enterprise Office  .The funding is being made available as part of the search for the Best Young Entrepreneur in Tallaght. The competition is open to those...

  • I was delighted to be invited to the offical opening of the new redeveloped playspace in Tymon Park and see all the new facilities available to the children. This is a credit to the community and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. “Every child needs access...

  • There are a wealth of fun filled festivals in Dublin South West this summer, I encourage everyone to get out and about in your local area and enjoy the Summer holidays.   For further information and updates please see http://www.sdcc.ie/events/local-village-festivals-in-south-dublin-county-2017

  • Gilligan (Brittas, Co Dublin and formerly of Nutley Park, Dublin) at St James’ Hospital, on 15th June 2017, following a brief illness. Ann Louise passed away in the care of the dedicated team at MISA in St James’ Hospital, with her spouse Katherine by her...

  • Celeb Chefs and High Tech Gurus of the future head to Tallaght Teenagers with an eye on establishing culinary and digital media businesses are heading to IT Tallaght as part of special summer camps being supported by the Government. Second level students are being invited...

  • More Affordable Childcare – time for local parents to act Tallaght families will benefit from More Affordable Childcare in September and should now take time to check out their rights, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone. A new website has...

  • Investing in the future of our children through education I was deligted to be invited to attend the opening of Scoil Aoife Community National School Citywest. Upon my visit I received a tour of the new school and was impressed with the facilities, the childrens’...

  • Honour to present medals at Special Olympics Ireland Eastern Region Pitch and Putt at Glenville, Kiltipper. Many thanks again to the host Eddie Gannon for organising such a wonderful event celebrating and recognizing all the hard work of the athletes involved . It was a...

  • Dyspraxia Ireland, Dublin South West Dyspraxia Ireland are holding a Dyspraxia information session for families of Dublin South West, in Tallaght library tomorrow, Thursday 4th May from 2-3.30pm. All welcome. For more information you can phone 01-8747085 or email info@dyspraxia.ie. If you have any questions...

  • Adelaide Community Health Initiative Scheme The Adelaide Health Foundation is inviting applications from Dublin 24 community healthcare organisations for funding under the Adelaide Community Health Initiative Scheme (CHIS). The Adelaide Health Foundation exists to advance healthcare, seeking to ensure that healthcare is available to all...

  • Minister Katherine Zappone annouces New LGBTI +National Youth Strategy   Tallaght’s young people are being invited to be part of history by having their say on the new LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy.The strategy is the first of its type in the world, and Minister Zappone...

  • Tallaght childcare providers can apply for support from a new national €4m fund The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs says local crèches, community services and other childcare providers can apply for money for new places, maintenance and outdoor play areas. Minister Zappone says individual...

  • Public Meeting, Wednesday April 26th 5-6:30 pm for parents & caregivers of children with ASD The meeting is to be held at 5-6.30 pm in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday 26th April.To register your interest  and further details contact claire.murphy@oir.ie or the constituency office, 45 Main...

  • “Wonderful afternoon visit to the Fettercairn Community Centre and the Youth Horse Project meeting with the amazing community leaders and inspiring young people of West Tallaght” Minister Zappone enjoying her visit and the great community work in Fettercairn Community Centre, Tallaght. Fettercairn Community and Youth...

  • Minister katherine Zappone visits Kilnamanagh Activity Centre I was delighted to be invited to visit the centre to help celebrate their 10 year anniversary. The centre is a valuable resource for  both the young and the old  alike, now more than ever it is vital...

  • Minister Katherine Zappone briefed on new Pediatric Unit for Tallaght Hospital Minister for Children Katherine Zappone reviewing plans for the new state-of the-art Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre which will open at Tallaght Hospital from 2018. Minister Zappone was visiting the planning office for...

  • Increase in funding will make a real difference in services and stop teenagers getting into trouble Local services for children and young people in Tallaght are to receive over €1.75 million for the next 12 months, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister...

  • AsIAm “Autism Experience” Exhibition  visited Tallaght Stadium on Thursday 19th & Friday 20th January. The exhibition in association with Tallaght Parents Autism Support Group (TPASG) and with the kind support of the Department of Justice and Equality was a great success, attracting large crowds. Minister...

  • Pictured above:Minister Katherine Zappone with Anne Genockey and Maura McMahon during a recent visit to childcare services at Rainbow House, Jobstown. Accessible affordable quality childcare is a step closer for many families in Tallaght who cannot afford present services, according to Dublin South West TD...

  • Primary and Secondary Schools to receive grants for computers Tallaght students in primary and secondary schools will be enjoying new computers, flat screens and other high tech equipment under a new Government initiative, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone.  Under...

  • Pictured above at the lauch of Paediatric Study Day L-R Mr David Slevin, CEO of Hospital, Ms Lillian McGovern,Head of Strategy & Communications, Minister Katherine Zappone and Mr Richard Knatchbull, Chair of the NCH Foundation Research Committee. Speaking at The First Paediatric Study Day organised...

  • The workshop consultation was developed and convened collaboratively by members of Minister Zappone’s team, Professor Louise Gallagher and members of the Autism Research Group, Trinity College Dublin. Submitted by: Prof. Louise Gallagher Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trinity College Dublin Minister Zappone’s team: Ms....

  • Minister Zappone opens 3 new classrooms at Educate Together School, Citywest, Tallaght I was honoured to officially open three new classrooms in November at the Citywest Educate Together School, as its roll reaches 290 children. The new classrooms are an investment in our children’s future...

  • New Educate Together School for Firhouse, Dublin South West   Firhouse is getting a 1,000 student Educate Together School which is due to open within the next two-years, according to Dublin South West Independent Minister, Dr Katherine Zappone. Minister Zappone says the new school will...

  • Be “Winter Ready” with this practical information booklet of top tips on health, road safety and for people with disabilities in your area. As Minister, I look forward to the campaign being launched on 9th November and it is my hope that it will be...

  • Great festivities at the opening ceremony of The Holy Rosary Primary School, Firhouse playground and sensory garden opening. I was delighted to be invited to the official opening and view what great work has been achieved in the play area and sensory garden. I received...

  • Improving childcare access for children with disabilities – local coverage of our launch in Tallaght. Read the article about our launch on www.intallaght.ie.

  • Motion on Case of Ibrahim Halawa Remarks by Dublin South West TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone Ceann Comhairle, Deputies… Today we have an opportunity to speak as united elected representatives of the people of Ireland to send a message of...

  • €2,500 grant can help grow your business through the Trading Online Voucher Scheme – Minister Katherine Zappone TD. Tallaght firms wishing to join the revolution in online shopping and trading can avail of a new grant being offered by the Government, according to Dublin South West...