Thursday 20 July 2017

Convoy protest cancelled after Cork fans' plea

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

ANGRY residents living near Croke Park have called off a convoy demonstration that would have caused chaos for thousands of fans travelling to Dublin for tomorrow's All Ireland football final.

The committee had hoped to use the convoy to highlight its ongoing dispute with GAA officials over their plan to demolish the Croke Park handball and community centre located beside the stadium on St Joseph's Avenue.

The Croke Park Streets Committee (CPSC) had planned to stage a convoy of up to 60 Dublin-bound cars and 18-tonne lorries starting at the Monasterevin section of the M7 motorway.

But following urgent appeals from dozens of Cork supporters, the committee cancelled tomorrow's protest in favour of a smaller convoy demonstration outside Croke Park this afternoon.

The GAA plans to spend €9m to renovate the centre to host the 2012 World Handball Championships.

But the CPSC claims the GAA has consistently ignored local residents who vigorously objected to the proposal during the planning permission stage.

Irish Independent

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