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Support for Knockmitten United FC Astro-Turf- Eoin Ó Broin

18 January, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called on South Dublin County Council to ‘do everything in their power’ to support Knockmitten United FC’s campaign for an astro-turf pitch in Knockmitten Park. The call comes in advance of a debate on the issue at this Wednesday’s Clondalkin Area Committee where Cllr Ó Broin and others have tabled motions in support of the club’s campaign.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘Knockmitten United FC have been working for almost two years to secure an astro-turf pitch on the old basketball court in Knockmitten Park beside the community centre.

‘The club provides a huge resource to the local community involving hundreds of young people in boys and girls teams every week. The provision of an astro-turn pitch is a key part of their development plans.

‘Through 2014 the club worked with South Dublin County Council to prepare an application to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport capital grant programme in February 2015.

‘Unfortunately due to unforeseen land ownership issues it was not possible for the application to proceed.

‘The land in question is an unused former basketball court. It is badly maintained and is both unsafe and an eyesore.

‘Since the start of 2015 the club and elected members have been calling on both the Council and the Office of Public Works to resolve the land issue to enable an application for sports capital funding in 2016.

‘South Dublin County Council is fully behind the new facility and through the Community Services Department has been actively supporting the work of the club.

‘However with the sports capital grant application process due to open soon the land question remains unresolved. If this matter is not addressed Knockmitten will miss the opportunity for funding for another year.

‘I and my colleague Mary Lou McDonald have been in touch with the OPW on this issue urging them to assist in resolving the matter.

‘I have tabled a motion on the issue at this week’s Clondalkin Area Committee and am calling on the Council to do everything in their powers to progress this important project and to ensure that another funding deadline is not missed.

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