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Planning permission for Men’s shed in Swords welcome- Cllr Lynam

26 May, 2015 - by Phil Lynam

Sinn Féin Cllr Philip Lynam has spoken of his delight that planning permission has finally been granted on site F15A/0240 for a long awaited Men’s shed in Swords.

Cllr Lynam said:

“I’m delighted to see the planning has come through for this project as it is something I have been pushing for over the last year. It’s a really positive initiative for men in the community, especially those who have been badly affected by the downturn in the building trade and who were ignored by our previous Fianna Fáil Government.

 "The effects of unemployment run far deeper than your pockets and from speaking to people on the doors at last year’s local elections, its clear this initiative will be warmly welcomed by a lot of men in the community. This is a very positive move and I'm delighted the work has paid off and it has come through.’’

Sinn Féin Fingal General Election candidate Louise O'Reilly also welcomed the news, stating:

''Traditionally men have learned from our culture not to discuss feelings and emotions as easily as women might. 

"The Men’s Shed is a grassroots organisation, the objective of which is to enhance or maintain the well-being of the participating men. 

"The service is open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop your old skills. 

"They make it is as easy as possible for any group of men to set up and run a Men’s Shed. I strongly urge anyone to check out the website or get in touch with us for information.''

"Participating in a Men’s Shed does not affect Social Welfare entitlements – however participants in receipt of Jobseeker’s payments are expected to continue to fulfil their commitment to engage with the Department of Social Protection’s INTREO service."

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