Stadium development decision to be reviewed

DUBLIN GAA club Thomas Davis were yesterday granted a judicial review into the Tallaght Stadium development.

A statement by the club executive expressed delight at the decision but stressed “there are no victories in this process.”

Said the statement: “We are pleased that the High Court has granted leave for our judicial review against the March 2006 planning decision of South Dublin County Council to proceed.

“This outcome confirms that there are substantial grounds for the position which Thomas Davis have taken on this matter and also makes it clear that whoever else may be responsible for the delays caused over the last 12 months to the completion of the Tallaght Stadium, it is not Thomas Davis.

“However there are no victories in this process. In our view Thomas Davis, and the GAA community, Shamrock Rovers and their supporters, and the entire community in Tallaght are all victims of the totally intransigent and untenable position that has been adopted by the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism, John O’Donoghue in relation to the Stadium.

“Ultimately the Minister’s position will have to change. Our objective is that the stadium is developed for the benefit of the entire community in Tallaght including the GAA, but recognising the priority use of the stadium by Shamrock Rovers.” Shamrock Rovers are ‘extremely frustrated’ by the decision: “as it further delays our first team from joining the rest of the Shamrock Rovers community in Tallaght. But in terms of the stadium, nothing has changed. We look forward to an early and positive resolution of the judicial review, and to see construction resume on our new home as soon as possible.

“We are pleased to note that the next step in the review process occurs in the courts on April 20th next, as this is a clear indication that the matter is being treated with urgency. In the meantime, we will continue to work towards making Shamrock Rovers a force once again Irish football, as well as a great source of civic and sporting pride across South Dublin.”

Meanwhile, Camogie Association President Liz Howard is expected to criticise TG4 in her Congress Address in Armagh this afternoon.

The Camogie chief is disappointed at the lack of airtime being given to the sport on the channel despite TG4’s commitment to a wide range of non-gaelic sports. She claims it is “discrimination.”

Said Howard: “I thank RTÉ for their continued support for Camogie and Setanta for inclusion in their schedule. However we continue to seek increased coverage on both channels for our game.

‘‘A huge disappointment is the ongoing indifferent attitude of TG4 who, despite several requests have not met us. I find it unacceptable that it excludes a skilful, attractive game that is indigenous to Ireland and that caters for over 100,000 members.

‘‘It shows horse racing from Dubai, greyhound racing, send Hector to Newcastle and Sydney and show a wide range of sports yet exclude Camogie.

"This is discrimination and I intend pursuing it relentlessly through whatever avenues open to the Camogie Association.”

Former GAA President Peter Quinn addresses the delegates from across the country as guest speaker today. The congress will address several issues over the two days that include an increase in membership fees, a motion dealing with the length of terms of officers within the organisation and a motion to introduce an Uachtarán Tofa, similar to the GAA.

Meanwhile, Mick O’Dwyer has named an unchanged Wicklow team for their national football league away game against Tipperary at Ardfinnan on Sunday. This team played some of their best football of the league against Meath last Sunday, leading by 0-9 to 0-4 at the break after a great first half display, before eventually being beaten by 1-12 to 0-12.

WICKLOW (SF v Tipperary): R. Daniels, C. Hyland, D. Power, A. Byrne, JP Dalton, D. O hAnnaidh, L. Glynn, J. Stafford, D. Jackman, J. Slattery, T. Hannon, D. Fitzgerald, T. Gill, D. Odlum, P. Earls.

WEXFORD (SH v Down): D. Fitzhenry (captain); M. Travers, D. Ruth, P. Roche; W. Doran, K. Rossiter, C. Kenny; K. Kavanagh, D. Lyng; M. Jacob, M. Doyle, R. McCarthy; B. Lambert, D. Stamp, R. Jacob.

WEXFORD (SF v Cavan): J. Cooper; C. Morris, P. Wallace, B. Malone; G. Sunderland, D. Murphy, A. Morrissey; P. Colfer, T. Howlin; C. Deely (captain), R. Barry, E. Bradley; C. Lyng, PJ Banville, M. Forde.

CARLOW (SF v Longford): J. Clarke; J. Ryan, B. Leonard, M. Nolan; P. Cashin, C. Bolger, A. Murphy; M. Brennan, R. McGrath; J.J. Smith, D. Hayden, B. Kelly; G. Farrell, M. Carpenter, P. Reid.

CARLOW (SH v Laois): F. Foley; A. Gaul, E. Nolan, L. Kenny; E. Coady, J. Rogers, S. Watchorn; J. Waters, D. roberts; J. Coady, R. Foley, W. Hickey; S. McMahon, Seamus Murphy, B. Lawler.

LOUTH (SF v Galway) : S Reynolds; A Page, C Goss, J Carr; J O’Brien, P Mc Ginnity (Capt), R Finnegan; P Keenan, R Carroll; C Grimes, JP Rooney, M Stanfield; A Hoey, S Lennon, D Clarke.

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