Saturday 22 July 2017

Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium to be sold to Department of Education

Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Donal O'Donovan and Gavin McLoughlin

Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium is to be sold to the Department of Education in a deal agreed by the Department and the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), independent.ie understands.

It is understood the site will be available for new schools in the area.  The Irish Independent understands that parents looking to establish an Educate Together school have already sought support from local politicians to support construction on the site.

The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) closed Harold’s Cross Stadium in February as it struggled with large debts related to the construction of Limerick Greyhound Stadium.

That in turn kicked off a protest in Dublin from some greyhound owners.

For the past three months, a protest by the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association at Shelbourne Park Stadium has meant no racing in the capital city.

The Irish Greyhound Board has said the dispute was costing the company €30,000 a week while greyhound owners have lost €200,000 in lost prize money.

The windfall from the Harold’s Cross sale will help cut debt at the semi-state and is expected to signal the end of the dispute.

Offer

The Department said the Irish Greyhound Board, which took the controversial decision to close the stadium, had accepted an offer for the site today.

“Our initial review of demographic growth in relevant school planning areas adjacent to this site indicate significant increases at both primary and post-primary levels which will require provision for additional school places.  The exact configuration of schools to be provided on the Harold’s Cross site will be informed by the outcome of this demographic review.

Financial terms of the  deal were not disclosed by the Department.

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