Wednesday, 31 May 2006
Jack Wall (Kildare South, Labour)
The idea behind ground sharing by clubs is something I believe in. Given the overall costs of maintaining a stadium and so on, that is logical.
I presume that when the Minister speaks of Tallaght, he also speaks of a club-sharing facility there. With regard to the newspaper reports on the two clubs and a decision on a new venue, if agreement cannot be reached, will that affect either of the clubs seeking lottery capital grants towards their facilities? Is it a question of a new stadium or the refurbishment of the existing stadium that would see the Minister looking at a capital investment? The best outcome would be complete new grounds and so on for the two north Dublin clubs, and the use of Tallaght. If the proposal does not proceed, will that affect application for the capital funding by the other club?