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Cllr Dermot Lacey

Representing Pembroke-South Dock Ward on Dublin City Council
Dermot Lacey is a Labour Party Councillor for the Pembroke-South Dock Ward on Dublin City Council. Dermot has been a member of Dublin City Council since 1993, and lives in Beech Hill, Donnybrook.
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Sport and Young People (Letter to the Editor)

The Editor,
Letters Page,
The Irish Times

Dear Editor,

It was interesting to read the report from the ESRI and the response from the Department of Sport ( Irish Times 19th December) regarding participation in sports by teenagers and young adults.
I am an Adult member of a very active youth organisation that, amongst other things, engages in hill walking, canoeing, football, orienteering, swimming, mountain climbing, table tennis, kayaking and much more.
Yet when that same group applied for funding under the Sports Capital grant scheme a Civil Servant from that Department deemed it insufficiently Sporting. Because of that a project for which the organisation had more than 40% of the funding in hand and for which planning permission was available was stalled. Apart altogether from its intrinsic value the capital value of the finished project would have run in to many, many, multiples of the grant sought.
Of course we need to encourage young people to actively engage in sport but we also need to transform the mindset of those who make policy and administrative decisions at National level. Sport is much broader than perceived heretofore by all and apparently still, by some, at the top.
Sport is no longer simply about the FAI, GAA and the IRFU though I support all three and am a member of one. Transform the mindset of those who write reports and made decisions and you will help transform the lifestyles of hundreds of Irish young people.
Yours sincerely,
Councillor Dermot Lacey

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