Minister must consider more viable options regarding the Metro North project - Dessie Ellis TD
Sinn Féin's Dessie Ellis TD, has expressed his concern at the impact the proposal to requisition the lands and grounds of CLG Na Fianna and Home Farm football club will have both on the clubs and the local community.
The Dublin North West TD said;
“Sinn Féin has always supported the Metro North project connecting Swords, the city centre and Sandyford via Dublin Airport.
"I acknowledge the environmental benefits Metro North will have for Dublin and the employment benefits the project will bring both during the construction phase and after its completion helping to create new jobs and businesses along those areas served by Metro North.
"However I am greatly concerned at the proposal that the grounds and lands associated with Na Fianna GAA club and Home Farm football club on Mobhi Road, will act as a staging post for the underground boring machinery and other works associated with this project.
"This is totally unacceptable and is a non-viable proposal. If the National Transport Authority goes ahead and implements this proposal, it will have the potential of causing untold and irrecoverable damage to both these clubs.
"It will also impact greatly on residents, the community and on three local schools, Scoil Chaitríona, Scoil Mobhí and Whitehall college.
"I have put forward a viable alternative to this proposal which will have the least impact on local communities and the surrounding areas.
"I have proposed to the Minister for Transport that instead of using the grounds and land of CLG Na Fianna and Home Farm football club that the virgin lands north of Ballymun is a more reasonable proposal for the storing of this heavy boring equipment and where works could be commenced from.
"I have asked that the Minister give consideration to this proposal and I will be making a submission to the National Transport Authority that they should accept this as a more viable option in place of the existing proposal.”