Min­is­ter lob­bied on sports in­vest­ment on the penin­sula

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FINE Gael Lo­cal Area Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Don­abate and Swords Bob Dowl­ing, has re­cently writ­ten to Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin at the De­part­ment of Trans­port, Tourism and Sport to urge him to in­vest in sport­ing clubs in Don­abate when dis­tribut­ing the Sports Cap­i­tal Grants.

Mr Dowl­ing wrote to the Min­is­ter and ar­gued that due to the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion in Don­abate over the last num­ber of years and the cur­rent lack of in­fra­struc­ture in the area that in­vest­ment in the lo­cal clubs is badly needed.

Mr Dowl­ing said: ‘I wrote to the Min­is­ter to es­tab­lish the case of lo­cal clubs in the area and to bring their con­cerns to his at­ten­tion. I had writ­ten to res­i­dents back in Jan­uary and asked them to get their club rep­re­sen­ta­tives to make ap­pli­ca­tions for this scheme. I was de­lighted when I learned that the ma­jor­ity of clubs in the area did make ap­pli­ca­tions. This is an im­por­tant scheme and all clubs should ap­ply.’

Don­abate clubs have ben­e­fited greatly from the sport­ing grants in re­cent years as Mr Dowl­ing ex­plained: ‘Lo­cally there has been an in­cred­i­ble amount of funds in­jected into clubs di­rectly from this scheme.

‘ The newly formed Ten­nis club which I helped found in 2014 re­ceived over €180,000 from the scheme and was able to build their new courts and also St.pat’s, our lo­cal GAA club was able to ob­tain over €140,000 and have made great use of th­ese funds, by al­ter­ing their sec­ond pitch. So clubs def­i­nitely do gain from this scheme.’

The Fine Gael rep­re­sen­ta­tive said he re­mains hope­ful that the Min­is­ter will take into ac­count his con­cerns that he has raised.

He said: ‘I be­lieve that the Min­is­ter will take on board the is­sues I spoke about as there is a huge is­sue with lack of in­fra­struc­ture in the area which is hav­ing dis­as­trous knock-on ef­fects such as huge traf­fic prob­lems.

‘ This could be a golden op­por­tu­nity to help Don­abate get the in­fra­struc­ture it so badly needs.’

Bob Dowl­ing.

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