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Dublin North Central
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
DCC Need to Embrace Big Screen Event Proposal for Major Sports Fixtures
STATEMENT FROM CLLR AODHÁN Ó RÍORDÁIN
Tuesday August 17th 2010
This weekend's sell-out All-Ireland football semi-final between Cork and Dublin once again exposes the need for Dublin City Council to embrace the proposal of screening big sporting events for the public to enjoy, as has been successfully initiated in Limerick City over the years. It would certainly be a proposal that private sponsored would be interested in supporting.
With dozens of high profile matches taking place in Dublin over the course of the year, including soccer and rugby internationals and important Dublin GAA and Leinster rugby matches, there is certainly an opening for Dublin City Council to exploit to help screen such events to the Dublin public in a family-friendly environment. It would certainly add to a sense of civic, local and national pride for those who are not in a position to obtain those much sought after tickets.
I will again be raising this matter with the Arts, Culture and Sports Strategic Policy Committee and hopefully, should Dublin be successful on Sunday, the big screen will be available for ticket-less Dublin citizens to enjoy on All-Ireland final day.
Politicised by his experiences as a teacher in Sheriff Street, Aodhán was first elected to Dublin City Council for the North Inner City Ward in'04. Re-elected with a huge vote in the Clontarf Ward in '09, Aodhán is a consistant advocate of the most vulnerable in society with a track record of strong representation and practical solution-driven politics. In the 2011 General Election, Aodhán was one of 17 new Labour TDs elected to serve in Dáil Éireann.