House of Commons
IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE IN HAMMERSMITH
EDM #964
Tabled 21 February 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House welcomes the spectacular resurrection of the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith; applauds the Board of Directors and volunteers for their commitment to the local Irish community, determined to see Irish culture and history given a permanent home in the borough; recognises support given by the British-Irish Inter­ Parliamentary Assembly and the APPG on Irish in Britain and financial assistance provided by the Irish Embassy and Emigrant Support Programme; understands that the Centre's partnership with Shepherd's Bush Housing Association and financial backing from the Irish Government enabled purchase of the site freehold to be held in trust for the benefit of the Irish community and, with the generous support of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, inspired the charity in raising over £3 million needed to demolish, rebuild and fit out a modern purpose-built Centre with the addition of 24 new homes available to rent; believes that the new 200-seat auditorium with the latest in audio-visual technology will showcase the role of the Centre as a community hub, supporting the isolated elderly, providing location for voluntary and community sector training, a venue for workshops and shows for performing arts groups, children's and further education classes in the Irish language; and urges the Government to encourage and assist local authorities in partnership with community groups to showcase and celebrate the rich cultural contribution made by the Irish throughout history.