The council's taking charge of open space at Rathmore was praised by locals and politicians alike in the fast-growing town (above). Picture: Google maps

LUSK 2020 members met with officials from Fingal County Council last week at the site of the new community sports hub in the hope it will be available for community use in a matter of weeks.
The local authority finally took ownership of the land earlier this month, moving the Lusk Community Sports Plan 2020 campaign for new facilities a step closer to reality for delighted locals.
The council confirmed at an Area Committee meeting that the open space at Rathmore on relief road had been taken in charge and was in public ownership.
Local clubs and organisations have been campaigning for some time, under the Lusk 2020 umbrella, for the provision of badly-needed sports amenities for the rapidly-expanding town.
In a report the council confirmed: “Following extensive discussions with local sporting and community groups, the council has prepared a plan to enhance the benefit and capacity of this area.”
The first phase of the development – expected to be delivered over the next 12 months – includes full-size GAA and soccer pitches as well as a children’s playground, adult exercise circuit, and an athletics track.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Lusk 2020 said: “We look forward to working with all stakeholders in the months and years ahead in order to deliver the Lusk Recreational Hub in its full entirety.”
Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab) paid tribute to council officials for their hard work, adding: “We now have a precious piece of land and the determination of where we go with it is now in our hands.”
“This is the first phase and we have to use it to its maximum potential. It is a great day for Lusk and I would like to see a bit of action immediately.”
Cllr Tony Murphy (Ind) said it was a “classic example” of a collaboration between clubs and groups within a local community and its success has been borne out.
Cllrs Brian Dennehy (FF), Malachy Quinn (SF) and Barry Martin (PBP) also welcomed the news.