Na Fianna on track to avoid MetroLink disruption
HOPES that Na Fianna GAA club in Dublin may escape major disruption due to plans for the construction of a major new rail link have increased, it emerged yesterday. The threat of partial closure of Na Fianna’s grounds in Glasnevin, with the main pitch the intended location for the project’s main tunnel station, created a huge resistance from the local community. The club’s main pitch would have been out of bounds during the construction period, requiring the club to find alternative playing areas.
The plans also threatened to cause serious potential disruption and noise interference with two schools located on the site.
However, according to Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, a sustained campaign to prevent the proposed MetroLink using the GAA pitches of Na Fianna at Mobhi Road as a tunnelling site looks set to result in a hard-earned win.
Deputy Rock said that under the latest draft revision to the MetroLink plans, to be published in the New Year, it is understood the use of Na Fianna’s pitches as a tunnelling site will not proceed.
The Dublin North-West TD, who arranged Oireachtas hearings on the issue, welcomed the news but added all concerned would be keeping a close eye on proceedings.
A source for Na Fianna told the Sunday
Independent yesterday that the club has not had formal confirmation of the change and that it was continuing to monitor the situation.
However, it appears that a nearby pitch used by Home Farm will be affected.
“Practically, instead of a six-year construction project involving all of the space at Na Fianna, there will instead be an 18-month construction period on a much smaller site beneath Home Farm FC,” said Deputy Rock.
He added: “It’s important we make sure Home Farm are looked after during these 18 months of construction. Everyone knows of Home Farm’s historic contribution to Irish soccer and how many underage players they have catered for. They are an intrinsic part of Irish sport and long may this continue.”
The TD said schools will be able to operate as normal.
“I am satisfied we are moving on from the idea of closing off this area of Glasnevin for the best part of a decade, am happy the campaigning was successful, and look forward to these revised drafts being fully published in the New Year,” he said.