Rosemount feel they are being ‘discriminated’ against for sports grant

by Rebecca Ryan
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Rosemount locals held a meeting on Tuesday evening. Spokesperson Gary Roberts said “Everyone agreed that the community as a whole are been socially excluded and discriminated against”

Rosemount Mulvey FC are furious that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) have decided not to assist the club with their application for Sports Capital Funding.

The local club were hoping for the funding to go towards changing rooms, shower cubicles, upgrade the referee’s room and a meeting room.

As part of the application, the club needed DLRCC to complete a ‘Landlord Letter Confirmation’ but a spokesperson for the council told Dublin Gazette:

“Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are not currently proposing to apply for Sports Capital Funding for Rosemount as we have not identified a need at this time.

“The county council has invested in substantial improvements in sports facilities in the Rosemount area in the last 18 months including the purchase of the changing rooms and associated civil works for €96,000.

“We are fully supportive of Rosemount Mulvey FC and in this context, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with the club in the near future to discuss possible new developments, which may be eligible for future Sport Capital Funding.”

Spokesperson for Rosemont resident’s association Gary Roberts told Dublin Gazette other areas are getting funding and the locals feel they are being “discriminated against.”

“Serious work went into the application. We were trying to get a meeting with the council for months and two days before the deadline we get an email to say ‘no, we haven’t identified a need.’

“The residents don’t begrudge any of our neighbours receiving funding, but we are completely perplexed to why the funding never appears to come down this direction.

“Year after year we are continually overlooked and we as a community feel that such blatant discrimination has now reached its peak.”

Local Minister Shane Ross said he hopes this issue can be resolved.

“Rosemount Mulvey FC is a superb sporting organisation. I hope the club and DLRCC can resolve any current difficulties to the benefit of the club and community. And I will be happy to assist them to do so.”

Sean Mc Loughlin at Rosemount Mulvey FC facilities

Sean Mc Loughlin at Rosemount Mulvey FC facilities

Independent Candidate for the Dundrum ward in the next local elections, Sean Mc Loughlin said the council’s decision is “an absolute insult to the football club and the community as a whole.”

“I have witnessed first-hand the disregard and neglect that dlrcoco, in particular the parks department, has for the people of Rosemount.”

 

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