Na Fianna won’t lose pitches to MetroLink under new draft plan

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Campaigns against the destruction of a local GAA pitch in Glasnevin to make way for the MetroLink are set to result in a win for the club.

Under the latest draft revision to the MetroLink plans, to be published in 2019, it’s understood that plans for the use of Na Fianna GAA’s pitches as a potential tunnelling site will not go ahead.

Previously, it was believed that one of Dublin’s biggest clubs would lose their pitches for up to six years to allow for construction of the long-anticipated MetroLink system.

Instead, it’s possible that Home Farm FC will instead be impacted for 18 months to accommodate works.

The massive construction project would involve the demolition of homes and potentially other facilities, as well as road closures.

There has been increasing public opposition to the previous plans in place, with belief there would be potential widespread disruption to a number of communities in the capital.

As a result, the revised plans could also see an ‘interchange station’ at Charlemont scrapped with the line expected to continue further south to Beechwood before it comes above ground.

It’s also expected that the potential demolition of the College Gate apartments will be avoided by changing the route of the underground rail service within the city centre.

The system is expected to run from Sandyford to Estuary, just north of Swords. It will be the capital’s first rail link with the airport, and is expected to take just 50 minutes, carrying 15,000 passengers an hour.

Dublin North-West TD Noel Rock said that everyone potentially affected and concerned with the massive project would be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

Deputy Rock said of the newest proposal: “Under this draft proposal, there will be a stop constructed beneath Home Farm’s pitch with an 18-month build.

“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.

“This solution came about thanks to the flexibility shown by many, and to their credit.

“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.

“Schools will be able to operate absolutely as normal during this period. I will hold the National Transport Authority to account on this.

“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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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