Thursday 17 January 2019

Delaney's Dalymount proposal

THE FAI have said they hope to cut a deal to make sure that Dalymount Park stays in football with a possible ground-sharing scheme for Bohemians and Shelbourne.

Bohs had concerns over the long-term future of the Dublin 7 venue, the club's home since 1901, with fears over the action which Zurich Bank would take over a €5million debt which Bohs owe.

But FAI CEO John Delaney says the association have already been in talks with the Government, Dublin City Council about revamping the ground, which was home to the Irish national team until 1972, as a "legacy" from hosting Euro 2020.

"I would have an eye on Dalymount Park and I would hope we could achieve something there. We've got to deal collectively with the debt that Bohemians have with their particular bank and I would be hoping that something could be resolved there," said FAI CEO John Delaney.

"I would love if we could get Dalymount out of debt and be redeveloped for 2020. I've already spoken to the Government and the City Council about that. But there's a matter of the debt that's owed to be dealt with and that's something we're trying to actively pursue over the coming weeks. I'd like to see Dalymount house two League of Ireland clubs, Bohemians and possibly Shelbourne as well."

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