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Ross turned down 30 public schools before giving huge grant to Wesley

School received €150,000 for new hockey pitch despite already having numerous sports surfaces

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

18th March, 2018

It has emerged that Minister for Sport Shane Ross’s officials turned down 30 sports grants applications from public schools – while giving the highest possible sports grant to a private fee-paying school in his constituency.

An analysis of departmental records shows that there was intense competition between schools around the country for the sports capital grants for new facilities.

The Department of Sport received 48 applications from schools nationwide, but turned down 30 of...

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