Costello Welcomes Energy Upgrade for Na Fianna GAA Club

30 September 2013

by Cllr Joe Costello

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, has welcomed news that Na Fianna GAA Club is to receive an energy upgrade as part of a major investment package announced by the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte.  In addition, Centra Parnell Street and Centra Middle Abbey Street, both in Dublin 1, will receive energy upgrades as part of the investment package announced by Minister Rabbitte.

Minister Costello said: “This upgrade will save Na Fianna about €2,000 a year, which can be used for club development purposes. 


“This initiative is part of a suite of 80 new community projects announced by Minister Rabbitte on Friday, in line with the Better Energy scheme.  Overall, it will see 3,500 homes and 290 community buildings provided with energy efficiency upgrades nationwide.


“This is fantastic news for Na Fianna and the local community. At a time when all local clubs are stretched for funding, this scheme will mean that money ordinarily spent on energy bills and costs can now be re-directed into club development and used directly on sporting activities.


“This scheme is being rolled out in co-operation with Musgrave, its retail partners SuperValu and Centra, and the GAA. Na Fianna is one of only 22 local clubs nationwide who will participate in this scheme. 


“This scheme is part of a range of similar initiatives overseen by Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte at community level to support practical energy efficiency upgrades.  These schemes will make the properties buildings and facilities warmer, more comfortable, and less costly to run. This benefits householders, consumers and the environment.


“I am also delighted that Centra Parnell Street and Centra Middle Abbey Street have been selected among only 24 retail stores in the country that are to receive an energy upgrade. The upgrade will include insulation, and heating and lighting upgrades, which will make the store as energy efficient as possible. This in turn means significant savings on bills for the retailer, and this benefit can hopefully be passed onto consumers in the form of price cuts.”