Funding to come from three sources
Funding for the € 10 million sports complex bound for Lusk is to come from three sources with Fingal County Council providing around € 7 million from its own resources for the project. According to John O'Brien, senior executive officer at the council's community department, € 4 million will be sourced from funds in reserve from existing development levies, a further € 3 million will be drawn from future development levies and the remainder is expected to come in a grant from the Department of Arts Sports and Tourism. Mr O'Brien explained that the continued involvement of the FAI in the project would help the council secure that grant. While the facility will no longer be exclusively devoted to the development of soccer, an academy for the sport would operate about six hours a week at the complex. Mr O'Brien said the site in Lusk was the best option available. He said the size of site required for the project made it very unlikely that land could be sourced any closer to the major population centres of Swords or Balbriggan.
As to how the facility will be run, the council envisage a management company will be set up to run the complex on behalf of the local authority. The new proposals got a ringing endorsement from Cllr Anne Devitt (FG), who said that the facility would continue the good work done by Sporting Fingal in establishing an identity for the county and a real sense of community in Fingal.
She said the facility would go further than sport and have a social dimension and 'encourage the further development of family life through sport'.
Cllr Joe Corr (GP), said it was a 'fantastic project' and would be 'a jewel in the crown of facilities in Fingal'.