Speaking this evening as a public meeting took place on concerts in Croke Park Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed the report from Kieran Mulvey on the long term management of concerts and special events in Croke Park until the end of 2019.
The public meeting is taking place in the Barbara Ward Community Centre, Distillery Road. Sinn Féin Councillors Janice Boylan and Jonathan Dowdall are both in attendance.
Deputy McDonald said;
“Quite clearly the relationship between Croke Park and the residents has been strained. The series of Gareth Brooks events was very badly mishandled and has angered many residents.
“I and my party support Kieran Mulvey’s position that this should never happen again and there must be a lasting and very durable agreement.
“I believe the report provides the basis for this agreement, and any agreement is only as good as its implementation. Oversight and delivery are crucial to this.
“Croke Park needs to be a good neighbour and community gains needs to play a big part.
“The GAA contribution of €11m to the regeneration project in Croke Villas with Dublin City Council is something that we lobbied for and initiated five years ago along with some local residents and we are now highly encouraged and delighted that this proposal was adopted and we want it delivered on as a matter of urgency.”