Ryan’s plan will lay the sod for county astroturf pitches

Dee Ryan on the campaign trail. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

FIANNA Fáil directly-elected mayor (DEM) candidate Dee Ryan has announced that, if she is elected, her proposed People and Communities Fund will support the laying of municipal all-weather pitches in the county.

Housing and healthcare, she said, are her top priorities and, if elected DEM, her initiative will support kids and adults to play sports and exercise.

“A majority of sports clubs in Limerick are currently suffering recurring match cancellations and fixture backlog due to waterlogged grass pitches. This has become a recurring and increasing problem in recent winters as a result of the weather and its impact on grass pitches,” the DEM hopeful and former Limerick Chamber CEO commented.

Active healthcare, she went on to say, is a major focus for her People and Communities initiative.

“There is a clear necessity to improve the infrastructure for all clubs so as to provide for year-round playability. New or improved municipal facilities in key locations will make a big difference in eliminating game cancellations and training due to weather.

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“Sports clubs are the backbone of rural communities throughout the county. As a Mayor of Limerick, I will work with clubs and communities who will be able to access matching funding to provide all weather pitches in conjunction with existing funding models throughout the city and county.”

Kevin Nestor of Lisnagry FC welcomed Ryan’s initiative.

“Healthier, more active communities with sustainable cost-effective recreational spaces aren’t just fields, they’re a smart investment in our children’s wellbeing,” he said.