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SDLP have betrayed local sporting clubs - Ó hOisín

21 August, 2008

Sinn Féin East Derry Councillor Cathal Ó hOisín said he was shocked and surprised by the SDLP decision to align themselves with the Unionist bloc to deny a number of local sporting clubs minor technical assistance and wondered what implications this would have for other organisations and events.

Cllr Ó hOisín said:

"I would challenge the SDLP to justify to the rate payers in the Benbradagh ward why they would seek to perpetuate the years of discrimination in provision in this area.

"Over the years nearly 100k has been spent on the Milk Cup and Clubs have benefited from the largess of Council yet none of this has been in the Dungiven area or to the benefit of the majority sport in this borough, unlike the actions of nearly every other Council in the North.

"Instead of fostering and encouraging these voluntary and community organisations some Councillors and council officers seem to suggest that this would put an unbearable strain on resources yet on Tuesday night we faced a veritable phalanx of the same officers at what cost to the ratepayer.

"I was also disappointed by the attitude of the Chair of the Sports Council who yet again voted against supporting sporting provision outside of Limavady or in the promotion of our National Games and would contend that his position has become untenable.

"Council has a statutory duty to provide sporting facilities - a matter in which it has singularly failed down through the years and Tuesday night's decision would seem to prolong this. People whom I've talked to are demanding to know why the six unionist and three SDLP representatives voted as they did." ENDS

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