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Monday 23 April 2018

'Damn right, I'd protest' MetroLink pitch plan, says Bannon

MetroLink plan
MetroLink plan

Celebrity architect Dermot Bannon is throwing his weight behind Na Fianna GAA Club in their opposition to Metro North plans.

The north Dublin GAA club outlined serious concerns after plans for the €3bn MetroLink, announced on Thursday, revealed major disruption to their pitches.

The club caters for 125 teams and has one of the largest memberships in the country.

The plans would see the club losing their main pitch on Mobhi Road for up to six years during the construction phase. They will also lose two all-weather pitches for the same period.

"Damn right, I'd be part of a protest," Mr Bannon, who is from Glasnevin, told RTE Radio One's The Ray D'Arcy Show.

"Every child in Glasnevin is part of Na Fianna.

"It's unusual in Dublin, I think, that a GAA club has such a massive hold in the community.

Passage

"My daughter, at the age of five, all she wanted to do was go to Na Fianna, and I know that's because she saw some of the older girls in the jerseys and that, for her, was a rite of passage."

Bannon slammed the choice of route for the city-airport link, describing it as "low-hanging fruit".

"They're saying six years [for construction works], but six years is a lifetime for a child," he added.

"There's nothing like the magic of walking down Mobhi Road and all the four, five and six-year-olds going down together. There's hundreds of them.

"There must be 300 kids in the nursery and they're all so excited.

"I just think there are loads of other spaces they can go. I think this is low-hanging fruit."

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