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Saturday 23 September 2017

Hopes fade for €2.7m Toyosi tribute

FINGAL County Council has said it cannot give a time-frame for the development of €2.7m worth of vital sports facilities in a troubled suburb.

The news will come as a disappointment to friends and neighbours of tragic Toyosi Shittabey, who are campaigning for the investment.

Sports-mad Toyosi (15), who played for Shelbourne, was stabbed to death on Good Friday as he was walking with four friends through the estate after returning from the National Aquatic Centre. Local activists say new soccer and GAA pitches, as well as a community and sports hall, are badly needed.

Charlie Cleary, of Tyrrellstown GAA club, told the Herald that the council's lack of investment is "disgraceful".

The football pitch currently in use is unsuitable, Mr Cleary said.

He added that there were no good sports facilities in the suburb, meaning youths were left "hanging around" the streets without anything to do.

"They get a bus from here into the city. There is nothing in the estate for them to do. If there are no facilities put in here, it [a stabbing] will happen again somewhere along the line," Mr Cleary said.

Mugged

He revealed that only last Tuesday, a Latvian woman walking through the neighbourhood was knocked to the ground and mugged.

A spokeswoman for Fingal said that at the time Tyrrelstown was built, an agreement was reached that the developer would pay €2.7m to the local authority for the provision of a "recreational open space".

She said "it very quickly became apparent" that the money was not enough as land prices had reached "astronomical" levels.

Fingal is now "looking at all sorts of other options".

However, she admitted "there is no time-frame" for any specific project.

Mr Cleary said a meeting, to be attended by Toyosi's neighbours and friends, is due to be held today in an effort to establish a youth soccer team.

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