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Sunday 22 July 2018

Na Fianna's pitches could be saved as MetroLink plans set to change

Na Fianna’s grounds and clubhouse on Mobhi Road
Na Fianna’s grounds and clubhouse on Mobhi Road

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has welcomed reports that MetroLink will not be as intrusive on his local GAA club, Na Fianna, as previously feared.

Concerns were raised when it was revealed the Glasnevin club could lose its main pitch on Mobhi Road, as well as two all-weather pitches, if the lands were used to store machinery.

The grounds were also earmarked as one of the points where boring would begin.

However, planners are now considering a single larger tunnel, rather than the two that had originally been outlined. This would mean less excavation work and could see the club's pitches saved.

However, the Fine Gael TD warned this was not a final decision and said the National Transport Authority (NTA) is still reviewing the situation.

"It's a very encouraging sign of progress in resolving what has been a difficult issue. The NTA always made clear that they would have a period of public consultation," he said.

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"They have clearly heard the concerns of the community and of the schools in relation to the site for boring.

"But there are a number of other decisions that have to made. There is more work to be done on this matter and I'll continue to work with the schools, with Na Fianna and the NTA to resolve this issue.

"The indications that are emerging from the National Transport Authority on this are positive. Ensuring that we don't have boring activities outside two schools and a GAA club is clearly the sensible thing to do.

"There is a need for further work on this to make sure that we can come up with a plan to make sure we get a good Metro for our city."

Na Fianna chairperson Cormac O Donnchu also warned that the issue had still not been resolved. He told the Herald that while options are being looked at, nothing has been set in stone.

"We would be advocating very serious caution in relation to some of the public comment that has been made in the last 24 hours," he said.

"There is no final decision made by Transport Infrastructure Ireland or the NTA in relation to the MetroLink project and the effects it will have on our community.

"We do understand that they are looking at an alternative option to it, but there seems to be in some areas a mistaken belief that decisions have been made that would remove the necessity for any upset or intrusion within our community.

"TII are looking at alternative options to a boring site on our grounds, and are considering a different technique that would potentially remove the need for a boring site here in Mobhi Road."

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