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Saturday 3 December 2016

Croker bosses say match car park on church-owned grounds is within the law

Councillor Niall Ring outside Croke Park
Councillor Niall Ring outside Croke Park

THE company behind Croke Park has defended the use of Clonliffe College as a busy car park on match days.

The Archdiocese of Dublin earns in the region of €30k when big events are held at the stadium.

However, last year, An Bord Pleanala ruled that it did not have the appropriate permission to use the college as a commercial car park.

In response, Páirc an Chrócaigh Teo (PCT), the company responsible for the running of the country’s biggest stadium, has told Dublin City Council that it is satisfied that the car park is “lawful”.

According to the company ,the use of the car park has been established since before rules on exempted developments came into effect in 1964.

PCT also holds that the use of the college grounds as a car park in provided for under permission granted in 1993.

Finally, the company said “it has been so used for well over seven years”.

At a meeting of the central area committee meeting, stadium director Peter McKenna was asked by councilllor Nial Ring if the GAA considered themselves ‘above’ the decision by the planning board.

“We accept that An Bord Pleanala is the primary authority in this area, we just have a different interpretation on their determination than others might have,” he said.

In September 2014, the planning body declared that using the site as an occasional car-park constituted development of the site and ruled that it was not an exempt development. 

Congestion

The gardai have flagged the car park for big match days on its website for patrons travelling to Croke Park, noting that it is a supervised car park in the vicinity of the stadium, and it includes 100 special needs places.

Local residents are concerned at the traffic congestion created by the car park. While it has historically been used as car park there are concerns that this has intensified in recent years.

Run by Park Rite on behalf of the archdiocese, the site can hold some 3,100 cars.

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