Saturday 23 September 2017

Discount days for special needs groups considered

ON THE back of representations by a new autism support group in Fingal, the council is looking at the possibility of having discounted days for special needs groups at its public attractions like Ardgillan Castle and Newbridge House.

The idea was brought to the council by Cllr. Darragh Butler (FF) and Cllr. Eoghan O'brien (FF) on behalf of the newly formed 'Snowflakes' autism support group. The council responded to the request, saying: ' The visitor facilities at Ardgillan and Newbridge are managed under licence by commercial companies and entry fees are already at a very low level compared to similar facilities elsewhere. 'However, there is some limited potential for discounted entry fees for recognised special needs groups and supervising adults at designated times and by prior arrangement. ' The council is currently formulating a strategic plan for the management of it's heritage properties and this plan will include protocols for addressing requests of this nature.' Cllr. O'brien (FF) welcomed the positive response and said the new group would be grateful for any concession the council could give. Cllr. Butler (FF) agreed and said the council's sports and community departments had a good record of inclusion when it comes to catering for those with special needs.