One of Dublin's best-known GAA clubs warns it will be a casualty of new Metrolink

Update 10.15am: One of Dublin's best-known GAA clubs is warning it's going to be a casualty of the new Metrolink.

Na Fianna in Glasnevin will have its pitches dug up as part of the €3bn light rail plan for the city.

The route running from Swords to Sandyford, which includes an underground section, could also see around 100 homes demolished.

One of Dublin's best-known GAA clubs warns it will be a casualty of new Metrolink

Chairman of Na Fianna Cormac O'Dunnchu says the plans are a step backwards.

He said: "This is the first major infrastructure project that has been undertaken by our state after emerging from recession.

"The first opposed major casualty for us is the heart of the community-based group and club."

Earlier: Dublin GAA club claim planned Metrolink will 'rip out their heart and soul'

The planned Metrolink in Dublin is facing fierce opposition from a GAA club who say it will "rip out their heart and soul".

The proposal will see Swords and Sandyford connected via Dublin Airport with a capacity for 30 thousand passengers an hour at peak times.

The underground section of the route will mean some homes and sports clubs being affected, including Na Fianna.

The club's Public Relations Officer, Cormac O'Sullivan, says they will be voicing their opposition to the plans.

One of Dublin's best-known GAA clubs warns it will be a casualty of new Metrolink

He said: "The preferred option should become the unpreferred option very quickly.

"If this happens this has disastrous consequences for Na Fianna and for the cultural hub of Dublin 7, Dublin 9 and Dublin 11 areas.

- Digital Desk

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