Swords Boxing Club Betrayed

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COUNCIL REFUSES €25,000 OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT CARNEGIE LIBRARY

DALY CONDEMNS DECISION AS “SHORT-SIGHTED, UNJUSTIFIED and AN
INSULT TO THE YOUNG BOXERS & THEIR COACHES

Swords based Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has lashed out at Council management for their refusal to furnish Swords Boxing Club with a letter allowing them to access a grant of €25,000 for minor works to improve the quality of the Carnegie Library where the club is based.

Deputy Daly said, “It is an absolute disgrace that Council management has turned down a grant that would have allowed this venue to have had rotting floorboards replaced, new storage heaters installed, and general repair works that would have substantially improved the quality of the building for those who use it.

The monies became available through the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, who received a block grant for such purposes from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Swords project was selected, but needed a letter from the Council to say that the works could be done.”

She continued, “I am sickened by the Council’s refusal to engage on this matter. Their excuse was that the building is a listed one, and its use by the Boxing Club is not suitable, that instead their job was to help the club re-locate. This is total nonsense.

For years the Council has talked about the club re-locating, and the club themselves would be happy to do so, as the existing building is far from ideal, however no alternative building has been identified and the club will continue to operate from that building over the next while. How could €25,000 which would improve the venue for uses that are not boxing specific, but would benefit the building even after the club has gone, and which have nothing to do with the structure itself, be a bad thing?”

She concluded, “I am shocked at the Council’s intransigence and believe it is an insult to the young boxers and their trainers who have greatly assisted in protecting this important building over the last number of years. The building would have benefited, the club would have benefited, and now the opportunity has been lost for some other club to benefit from. It is a real betrayal of a sport which does so much to assist disadvantaged young people.”