Written answers

Thursday, 17 February 2005

Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Sporting Facilities

5:00 pm

Photo of Pat RabbittePat Rabbitte (Dublin South West, Labour)
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Question 35: To ask the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he has had recent discussions with GAA representatives concerning the possible use of Croke Park by other sporting bodies; and if he will make a statement regarding his approach to the matter. [5335/05]

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Kerry South, Fianna Fail)
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It has always been my position that matters relating to the use of Croke Park are entirely for decision by the GAA. Accordingly, I have at no stage sought to dictate, or prescribe to the association on the question of access as it would be counterproductive to do so. At the end of 2004, the Government provided €40 million to the GAA to alleviate the debt burden arising from the redevelopment of Croke Park, bringing the level of Exchequer contribution to this project to €110 million.

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