Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers has hit out at Government for what she calls another broken promise and half delivery on the €11 million sports grounds construction project at Lough Lannagh Castlebar.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Chambers said that following a parlimentary question that she has been told no money has been allocated for the second phase of the project. :“The development at Lough Lannagh was to include a running track alongside the new swimming pool. The project was broken into phase one and phase two with the running track being in phase two.
"There has been much speculation and concern locally that the plans for phase two would not go ahead so I submitted a parliamentary question to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport asking when the construction of the running track would commence.
"It has been confirmed to me by the Minister that there has been zero money allocated for phase two of the project and no date was given for when this project would even commence.”
This is totally unacceptable, the people of Castlebar were promised a running track and swimming pool, not one or the other. Yet again Fine Gael over promises and fails to deliver. The people of Castlebar and Mayo are sick and tired of constant announcements and promises with nothing to show for it the first term Dail deputy added.
“I expect it will be Mayo County Council and the people that will be left to make up the shortfall in funding and The Working Group Report for the GMIT confirms this. Stating in the report that it is understood that these plans are at risk and GMIT should work closely with Mayo County Council to establish if a collaborative approach can ensure that they are brought to fruition. If the Local Authority have to pay for the running track that means less money available for local roads and services; this is not good enough and it is certainly not what was promised.”