Blaze may kick­start push for new home – Min­is­ter

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris paid a visit to Lak­ers on Fri­day af­ter the build­ing was gut­ted by fire.

‘The value of the ser­vice is known by ev­ery­body through­out the com­mu­nity,’ he said. ‘Hun­dreds of ser­vice users de­pend on Lak­ers for classes, for so­cial recre­ation and for sport. This is just dev­as­tat­ing. So much has been in­vested in Lak­ers, and fundraised through­out the com­mu­nity.’

‘I’m en­cour­aged al­ready by the huge gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity, peo­ple of­fer­ing al­ter­na­tive venues and trans­port,’ he said. ‘I’m re­ally ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to do that while things like in­sur­ance kick in. I’ll do ev­ery­thing I can as a min­is­ter to help pro­vide fund­ing for equip­ment and the likes. In the in­terim, we need the com­mu­nity to pull to­gether for a group of peo­ple who need this vi­tal ser­vice.

‘I have no doubt that it’s go­ing to hap­pen. It’s very en­cour­ag­ing amidst real sad­ness and shock to hear of peo­ple step­ping for­ward to help.’

He said that this now has to be the im­pe­tus to de­liver a new home for Lak­ers.

‘If some­thing good can come out of this ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion I hope it is that. That we get a per­ma­nent, new pur­pose built home for Lak­ers.’

Gar­daí at the Brady Cen­tre fol­low­ing the fire in the early hours of Fri­day.

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