Sunday, September 28, 2008


St Pat's turn the sod on their new complex

I was in Stamullen on Saturday to witness the turning of the first sod for the new sports complex of St Pat's GAA club. The complex is well needed for the growing club, and it will be a welcome addition to facilities in the Stamullen area.

It's been a few years in the making and involved some complex negotiations between the councillors, the GAA and the local landowners. At one stage we were having weekly meetings first thing every Tuesday to sort out the process. Because it was all being prepared at the same time as the County Development Plan it was important to ensure that the Local Area Plan and the County Development Plan dove-tailed. After all the tooth-pulling of the last few years it was great to be up on the pitch and witness the start of the complex.

I look forward to going back to the official opening of the complex, which hopefully should be within the next two years.

I chaired three separate selection conventions in Dublin South on Thursday night. We selected Councillor Aiden Culhane to run in Dundrum, Councillor Lettie McCarthy to run in Glencullen and Richard Humphreys to run in Stillorgan. All are excellent candidates and hopefully will do the business for us on the day. In the meantime we have the by-election in Dublin South, so no doubt I will be back in the area to help out with some canvassing.

Our new office continues to take shape. This week we got broadband connected and got some more tables and chairs. The location is excellent and we are working hard to get it open to the public within the next couple of weeks. The Party Leader is due to come down to Meath in the next forthnight, so I'm hoping that he can officially open the office when he comes down.

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