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Monday 22 October 2018

Most councillors welcome new sports facility in Lusk

Although some concerns were expressed about the project, most local councillors welcomed the proposal to develop a € 10 million 'Fingal Sports Complex' on lands in Lusk.

Cllr Ciaran Byrne (Lab), called the designs for the facility a ' very impressive piece of work'. He said: 'It will function as a county-wide facility but it will also be a huge boon for the town of Lusk.'

Less enthusiastic was the reaction of Cllr Clare Daly (SP). While not objecting to the development in principal, she expressed confusion as to why the project was changed from a soccer academy to a broader sports complex. Her main concern was that this project and one other major community project in Swords appeared to be the only major community building projects in the council's capital budget for this year.

Pushed

She said she was concerned that large developments like the complex would mean that a lot of smaller 'bottom up' developments inspired by the hard work of local community activists, would get pushed aside.

Cllr Gerry McGuire (Lab), welcomed the development but expressed some disappointment that a suitable site could not be found in Donabate for the project, as originally intended. He wanted assurances that Lusk United would not lose out in the deal and that facilities for that local club would be made in either this development elsewhere.

Cllr Joe Corr (GP), said he was glad that the project had changed its title and broadened its remit beyond an academy for soccer to cater for other sports too. He said he wanted the facility to be a regional one and available for everyone and said he would not favour any one club being an 'anchor tenant' for the

or project.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), supported the project saying: 'Anything that promotes sports and sports facilities and helps put Fingal on the map, is welcome.'

Cllr David O'Connor (NP), had a number of questions about the project, including the source of funding and whether the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), were still involved in the facility.

Ultimately, members of the Balbriggan /Swords Area Committee voted overwhelmingly to allow the project go on public display with only Cllr Clare Daly lodging an objection because she felt council officials had failed to answer her concerns about the development.

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