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Sunday 17 December 2017

Council yet to apply for €20m funding to develop Dalymount

Money is needed to turn Dalymount Park into a 10,000 seater
Money is needed to turn Dalymount Park into a 10,000 seater
Money is needed to turn Dalymount Park into a 10,000 seater

Council chiefs have yet to make a bid for the €20m needed to redevelop Dalymount Park - six months down the line.

Despite unveiling grand plans to rejuvenate Bohemian FC's Phibsborough home in January, the scheme appears to be at a standstill, with Dublin City Council (DCC) no nearer to finding the money.

The council said it must first do an appraisal of how the scheme can be cost-effective before it lodges a grant application.

Risk

It also has to carry out a risk analysis before asking the Department of Sport for finance.

The authority must also first ensure that the project "complies with the council's capital project requirements and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform public spending code".

Dublin City Council hopes to appoint someone this autumn to complete the necessary paperwork for an application.

It plans to develop Dalymount into a modern stadium with a 10,000-seat capacity.

When finished, the ground will also serve as the home of fellow League of Ireland founder members Shelbourne FC.

The Government announced last week that it was yet to earmark any funds for the redevelopment.

Officials said they expected the council to ask for funding but warned that "there is no money in the existing capital envelope for this project", it was revealed in a briefing for junior sports minister Brendan Griffin.

"It's a big project with several stakeholders," a spokesman for Bohs said.

"Things are progressing, albeit perhaps more slowly than originally envisaged.

"We welcome the commitment to DCC to have a company in place to carry out an appraisal of the project, which we hope will progress it."

Grants

Mr Griffin's officials said recently that the department received a record number of applications for grants from the sports capital programme.

"Before the council can put in a formal request for funding, DCC must complete a full appraisal of the project," said a council spokesman.

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