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People Are Flabbergasted By Hockey Pitch Funding For Private School

People Are Flabbergasted By Hockey Pitch Funding For Private School
By Arthur James O'Dea

For an Irish student looking to attend Dublin's Wesley College, fees will range between €6,250 and €8,750 a year.

A secondary school education that promises to "first and foremost serve the needs of its pupils," Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross managed to incite the ire of many when he announced the government's intention to enhance Wesley's efforts further still.

The Sports Capital Programme Ross references falls under a scheme run by the Department of which he is the head.

Interestingly, of the three "objectives" it lists for this grant scheme, the intention to "prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities."

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A glimpse of the college's Twitter account would suggest that the sprawling array of sporting fields at their disposal renders them an inappropriate recipient on this basis.

However, the porgramme similarly lays out a provision for "VECs and schools to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation."

This has not been taken into much consideration by the majority of those responding to the news however.

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Although Ross cannot necessarily be blamed for promoting such work within his constituency, further tweets demonstrated the extent of money from this programme going to organisations in this area.

Problematically however, it is difficult to fathom how three different bodies were awarded a combined €450,000 to resurface pitches seemingly all serving the same purpose; more so due to the fact that all three are within a short drive of each other.

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