LEISURE CENTRE CHAIRMAN SEEKS MEETING WITH SHERLOCK
The chairman of the Mitchelstown Leisure Centre committee, Ben Lynch, is seeking a meeting with Minister Sean Sherlock to discuss concerns the minister has expressed in connection with the planned community leisure centre in the town.
Claims that an offer was made to the Mitchelstown Youth Group, to provide a dedicated youth cafe space at the proposed leisure centre for a cost of €250,000, have yet to be confirmed by the leisure centre committee. However, Minister Sherlock told The Avondhu that he is very concerned at this development.
“I think it is ludicrous that any voluntary body would seek to ask another voluntary body in the town of Mitchelstown for such a large amount of cash before they will provide a service to the community,” Minister Sherlock said.
The minister went on to say that he did not understand the company structures that the Mitchelstown Leisure Centre operates under.
“I fully support the Mitchelstown Youth Cafe project and I am at pains to understand some of the structures that are in place at the leisure committee,” Minister Sherlock said. Leisure Centre Committee chairman, Ben Lynch has requested a meeting with the minister to discuss his concerns.
“I’ve already sought a meeting with the minister and won’t be making any comment until that has taken place,” Mr Lynch told The Avondhu.
Minister Sherlock also confirmed his willingness to meet with Mr Lynch.
“I’d be delighted to meet anybody in an open forum with representatives of the youth cafe in attendance. People in Mitchelstown gave a lot of money to this project so any meetings should be open and transparent in the public interest. If the leisure centre chairman was to make contact with youth cafe representatives and contact me thereafter, then I would be happy to help in any way I can,” Minister Sherlock concluded.
Thursday 2nd June 6:54pm