Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming Dublin Mid-West bye election, Cllr Emer Higgins, has said that Collinstown Sports Pavilion is to receive €225,000 in Government funding. She said: “I received confirmation from my Fine Gael colleague the Minister for Sport, Brendan Griffin that Collinstown Sports Pavilion is to receive €225,000 in Government funding. This is the final set of allocations under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). The grants total €2.580m with 15 regional sports projects benefitting.

“Collinstown Park is a great resource for the people of Clondalkin but funding for the improvement and upgrade of the Sports Pavilion has been long awaited. It is a safe space for the club to use for its members and also for storing equipment. “Today’s news of this funding is really welcome and will give the park the lift it needs to better service the local community. “This has been a great week for sports facilities in our area. Just a few days ago it was announced that 12 sports clubs in Dublin Mid-West are to receive €770,624 in Government funding through the Sports Capital Grant.

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by Fine Gael in 2012, after it was cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash. It is a real lifeline for teams, clubs and organisations here in our local area.” “I know that the local clubs and organisations receiving this funding today will make great use of it to the benefit of local communities. “And I look forward to works progressing in Collinstown Park also now that this important funding has been secured for the Pavilion. “It is so important to encourage people to play sport. Not only is it good for their physical health but it benefits their mental health too. “Investment in sport is also a really worthwhile policy objective for Government from a health point of view. Society reaps the rewards through improved health of the population. This is more important than ever now with the rise in obesity. “Dublin Mid-West has some really great teams, clubs and organisations and they go a long way towards fostering good community spirit in our areas. I will continue to fight for Government support for our local clubs.”