The lack of sporting facilities in the City Centre is an issue that many residents have raised with Catherine during her canvasses. Catherine believes that we should be encouraging young people to get out and participate in team sports as much as possible, and Dublin City Council need to make sure that facilities are available in the Inner City area. Local residents in the area of the Iveagh Gardens have recently asked why an area of the Gardens can not be used for football for local children, given the lack of pitches in the area. A green area had been used informally for football, but the authorities have now clamped down on this.
Catherine discussed the matter with local Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton and together they have been making enquiries with the Office of Public Works and with Dublin City Council to see if a solution can be found. The Office of Public Works have replied that the historic nature of the Iveagh Gardens means that it cannot be adapted to provide space for local team sports. But this argument is less than convincing since the Gardens have recently been used for festivals and concerts without a problem. Therefore Catherine will continue to seek a solution that will compromise between our heritage and the needs of a modern city.