Mary Lou McDonald tells Transport Minister that Metro North cannot proceed through Na Fianna grounds

Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald TD has told Minister for Transport Shane Ross that Metro North cannot proceed through the grounds of Na Fianna GAA Club.

Ms McDonald also urged the Minister to ensure “that social and community concerns, including the impact on local sports clubs and schools, be given precedence in the consultation process”.

The Sinn Féin Leader said;

“Metro North is a vitally important piece of transport infrastructure and it is important that work begins on its construction as soon as possible.

“However, the current proposed route would see Na Fianna GAA Club and its 3,000 members shifted off their grounds for up to seven years.

“That cannot be allowed to happen. An alternative route must be developed.

“Na Fianna is not only a GAA facility, it is used widely by local schools and the community for Irish dancing, by the Choral Society, by the Bridge Club to name but a few.

“The current proposals do not make sense.  There is no option for the club to move to a different area, as GAA clubs are founded and based in local communities.

“Na Fianna will be in next Leinster House next Wednesday to address the Transport Committee to put forward their case.

“They are not looking for a row – they are looking for a resolution and that resolution is to retain this community facility.

“So Minister, what other locations were considered? On what basis were others deemed unsuitable that left the only place suitable was a main community facility of Na Fianna was selected?

“And will an alternative route be considered?”