Dungiven clubs vow to fight sports complex decision

Derry GAA All Star KieranMcKeever

Derry GAA All Star KieranMcKeever

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Clubs in Dungiven have vowed to fight a decision rejecting plans for a multi million pound sports complex to be built in the town.

The project was rejected by some of the councillors on Causeway Coast and Glens Council. It could have been built with no cost to ratepayers, according to Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuillín, who had pledged grant aid of £2.5 million from her department.

A crowd at the meeting in Dungiven last week.

A crowd at the meeting in Dungiven last week.

Sports bodies from throughout Dungiven are now planning to hold a major public event in coming days in protest of the decision.

Following a meeting of the Dungiven and Area Sports Forum on Sunday, spokesperson, GAA All Star, Kieran McKeever, said: “It is incredulous that there has been a rejection of some £2.84 million funding from DCAL and the Landfill Community Fund for new and much needed sporting facilities in the Dungiven area by some councillors on the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, despite the fact that DCAL has already funded under phase one of this raft of funding, a £1.5 million improvement at Rugby Avenue in Coleraine.

“After a meeting of the sports bodies in the area, we will now be seeking with a meeting with the councillors.

“We will be planning a major public event over the Christmas period, and we will be urging all those involved in sporting and community activities to lobby their elected representatives and to attend the next Causeway Coast & Glens Council meeting. Other actions are also planned to address the equality and disability implications of this higely regressive decision.”

It is incredulous that there has been a rejection of some £2.84 million.

Kieran McKeever