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Wesley College receives €150,000 for hockey pitch upgrade while school across the park is waiting nearly forty years for a sports hall

23 April, 2018 - by Chris Curran

Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Curran has said local politicians need to get behind a campaign for an indoor sports hall for St Tiernan’s Community School.

Councillor Curran criticised some local politicians who celebrated the granting of €150,000 to local private fee paying school Wesley College for an upgrade of their hockey pitch while St Tiernan’s has been waiting almost four decades for an indoor sports hall.

Speaking today Councillor Curran said;

“It is astonishing that a private, fee-paying school could receive this amount of taxpayers’ money while the local community school, just a matter of yards away from Wesley College has not been able to secure funding for an indoor sports hall for nearly forty years.

“It is an indictment on the record of local politicians in this area for four decades.

“The Sports Capital Grant, under which the €150,000 was awarded to Wesley College, is administered by the Sports Department under our own locally elected TD, Minister Shane Ross who said publicly that he was delighted to confirm this grant but has yet to comment on the issue of the sports hall for St Tiernan’s.

“We even had the spectacle of local Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond publicly claiming credit for helping to secure the Wesley College grant but again no mention of St Tiernan’s.  This simply beggars belief and is highly inappropriate in my view.

“It shows the political priorities of these politicians.  Wesley College already has a huge range of top class sporting facilities which it brags about on its website.  Meanwhile the kids across the park in St Tiernan’s are changing in the toilets or in the classroom and will not be able to do PE as a leaving cert subject due to lack of facilities.

“It is hard to think of a more stark example of the two Ireland’s we live in today, one for the haves and another for the have nots.

“I have written to the Principal at St Tiernan’s to seek a meeting with him as I represent many of the parents of the children attending the school.  I will be making clear to him my political commitment to a sports hall for the school and to campaign for such.

“This has gone on for way too long.  All local politicians must get behind that campaign.”


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