Minister lobbied on sports investment on the peninsula
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.’