‘Save our GAA club from NAMA, Taoiseach’

by Sylvia Pownall
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AN TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar is being urged to save a GAA club in his constituency from being turfed off their only playing pitch by NAMA.


The State agency established during the banking crisis plans to sell a plot of land in D15 which will result in Tyrrelstown GAA Club being evicted.


On Monday, Dublin West TD Jack Chambers (FF) raised the issue in the Dail and called on the Taoiseach to intervene on behalf of the club which he said provides “a vital outlet” for the youth of the area.


A petition to save the pitch launched just days ago had already surpassed its target of 600 supporters by early yesterday (WED).


It claims the area has been “criminally neglected” regarding youth services.


The Taoisecah gave no assurances. He reiterated NAMA’s role in supplying land for much-needed housing, but added: “I am aware of the local issue and we are working on it.”


According to the petition on uplift.ie, the west Dublin club is one of six in the area and has the youngest membership.


It states: “Tyrrelstown has both the youngest and most ethnically diverse population in the entire European Union. Due to rapid growth and under-investment in facilities, it has seen more than its fair share of social problems.


“We believe it is no exaggeration to say that we have kept many of our most vulnerable youths ‘on the straight and narrow’ and away from activities that would be harmful to themselves and others.


“We have also brought their parents from all backgrounds together in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect. Yet all our hard work and benefits to the community could potentially be wiped away overnight.”


It adds: “There is however an alternative. Were this land to be put at the disposal of the community, for the benefit of the community, it would represent a great step forward.”


Deputy Chambers (FF) said the club had been “a pillar of the local community for the past decade”.


He added: “Surely NAMA’s approach in this instance does not tally with the Programme for Government.”

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