Speaking on the issue, Senator Ardagh said, “Residents of the Liberties have been campaigning for far too long to secure a green space.
“The areas that make up Dublin 8 are 84% below the recommended level of green space. The population density in the Liberties alone is more than eight times the Dublin average.
“While Dublin City Council has drawn up a Greening Strategy for the Liberties area to address this, residents want to see a commitment for a multi-purpose playing field. I fully support the Sporting Liberties proposal and will advocate for its planning. I intend on calling for the Minister to release funding through the Sports Capiltisation Grant and ensure that the inner-city is top of the priorities list.
“One of the clubs under the Sporting Liberties umbrella is 114 years old, feeds almost twenty teams and spans eight parishes including Dolphin’s Barn and the Liberties. This space concerns the recreational needs of hundreds of children.
“During a time when more needs to be done for the children and teenagers living in the inner city, a sports ground has the capacity to deter them from engaging in anti-social behaviour. Incidentally, this is not just a sports pitch. The Liberties clubs require a field that is multi-purpose; one that services the community. Essentially, these sports clubs needs green space that can used to keep the children off the streets,” concluded Ardagh.