Council defends ETB application for Nenagh all-weather pitch

Tipperary Education and Training Board’s application for all-weather pitch funding in Nenagh has been defended by Nenagh Municipal District Council.

Tipperary Education and Training Board’s application for all-weather pitch funding in Nenagh has been defended by Nenagh Municipal District Council.

The board has applied for funding for the pitch at Nenagh College, but the application is stalled after it failed to get funding under the Sports Capital Grants scheme.

“We were let down by the ETB. Their plan was not good enough. Their drawings were outdated,” Cllr Seamus Morris said at the MDC’s September meeting.

He appealed that any future applications have a minimum standard.

Cllr Morris had been told by meeting coordinator Rosemary Joyce that there were now two expressions of interest to build the pitch, one from the ETB and the other from a local sports club.

She said that €50,000 was ringfenced for the project and the council could not release any funding until they were certain the minimum needed from either organisation to get it over the line was in place.

Director of operations Marcus O’Connor said no one had the money as between €150,000 and €200,000 extra was needed.

“It is not fair to say the ETB application was not good enough. They were successful in South Tipperary. They have a record of being able to draw down these grants,” he told Cllr Morris.

However, Cllr Morris maintained: “What I saw at Nenagh Town Council was weak.”