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Taoiseach opens Irish Guide Dogs National Headquarters & Training Centre

Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially opened the €5 million redeveloped National Headquarters & Training Centre at Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in Cork as they celebrated their 35th anniversary. During the opening Mr. Kenny unveiled a plaque outside of the new puppy block.

The €5 million redevelopment cost was part funded by statutory agencies with €910,000 received from the Dormant Accounts Fund (through the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) and €130,000 from the Department of Health and Children.

The Taoiseach said of the new facility:

“This major redevelopment testifies to the commitment, hard work and generosity which have been the hallmark of the organisation since its foundation 35 years ago. The then Taoiseach Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald officially opened the original centre in 1981, and I am privileged to follow in the esteemed footsteps of such a remarkable public servant. The level of work undertaken by the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind each year is impressive. The impact of these services in terms of mobility and greater independence is immeasurable. I also want to pay tribute to vast number of volunteers who organise and support fund-raising activities on a nationwide basis. This new facility is exceptionally well planned and will cater for the changing needs of the vital services that support so many, and I wish you every success for the future.”

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