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by Mark Zalewski
December 2, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome to start his 2017 season in Australia at Cadel’s Race and the Sun Tour; Gaimon begins retirement by hunting banned rider’s Strava KOMs; Paddy Bevin on his WorldTour debut: ‘I took a bit of a beating’; UCI and Wanda Sports sign partnership to transform cycling in China; Shane Sutton on short list for Cycling Australia high performance director job; Tom Veelers announced retirement due to ongoing knee injury; Why not Froome as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year?; Peter Sagan Wins Velo D’Or; Hayman backs Matthews’ team move for green jersey aspirations; Wiggins listed on British Cycling’s 2017 podium programme; Cylance Pro Cycling names men’s roster; No Grand Départ for Portsmouth in 2019, but hopes for a future bid; Controversy brewing over grant for Irish government head’s cycling club; Colombian cycling photographer Horacio Gil Ochoa.
The prime minister of Ireland Enda Kenny, known as the Taoiseach, is in hot water over a €20,000 grant awarded to the Islandeady cycling club based in the leader’s home village. Other local clubs who were not given any funds are now calling for a review.
“It is the first time ever that a sports club has received a grant from the Department of Health as opposed to the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport. How was this made possible?” said Worker’s Party Dublin North-West representative Jimmy Dignam.
“Islandeady is a relatively small club and it seems odd that such a large grant would be required. Enda Kenny was last year made an honorary member of Islandeady and this means that the Taoiseach should answer questions about the grants’ approval.
Lottery monies fund the grants and for the provision of health related services and facilities. Islandeady CC was the only sports club given a grant from the 120 recipient organisations. Critics say that the money could be better spent on supporting cycling in Ireland, which is enjoying an uptick in popularity, thanks in part to the performance of its track riders on the international stage.
“This country is now consistently churning out top track cyclists such as Martyn Irvine, Mark Downey and Lydia Gurley,” said Dignam. “It is a running joke within Irish cycling that a track cycling covered velodrome will someday be built.”
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