Senator James Reilly has welcomed the announcement by Minister Brendan Griffin of €3.5 million in sports lotto grants for Fingal.
He said: “I particularly welcome €148,000 for Skerries Rugby Club all weather facility, O’Dwyer’s GAA Club Balbriggan (€128,000), St Maur’s Rush (€102,400), Rush Sailing club (€130,000), Rush Cricket Club €45,490), Balbriggan Rugby Club (€130,000), Ballyboughal GFC (€150,000), Donabate Tennis club (€144,000) and many more.
“I look forward to next year’s allocations and if any clubs want advice or assistance I am available to help. As a former minister who set up the national programme Health Ireland, I am delighted that the Fine Gael Government continue to invest in sporting facilities for Fingal.
“We need to look forward now to more sporting families and plan for a sports hub in Donabate. I note there is €1million in the Fingal Council Capital plan for that project. We need to plan for a municipal swimming pool facility in the North County, either in the fast growing towns of Swords and or Balbriggan. I welcome the news that the County Council is currently carrying out a study and assessment for that swimming pool facility.
“We have north of 40,000 people in Swords and a target of 100,000 with approximately 25,000 people in Balbriggan, set to approach 35,000. The need for a swimming pool is well established.
“I will support that project for North Fingal. South Dublin County Council are going to build one with planning passed. It’s time our council stepped up to the plate and provided a municipal swimming pool for the county with a population of 300,000.”