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No downsides to Croker call, insists Cooney

Published 20/03/2010 | 05:00

DESPITE being one of the most high-profile figures to oppose the relaxing of Rule 42, GAA President Christy Cooney claims there have been "absolutely no negatives" to the decision to allow other sports to use Croke Park while Lansdowne Road was being redeveloped.

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With the Irish rugby team set to play their final game at GAA headquarters today, Cooney praised the decision to open the stadium.

"There have been absolutely no negatives," he said. "I haven't heard one negative from anybody -- not even from the people who didn't support the motion, and I would have been one of them myself.

"It has worked out extremely well. It's been good for the association and given a positive image of what we are trying to do.

"Financially it has been rewarding and we have been able to reinvest it at club and county level. The money was ring-fenced to do that."

Cooney refused to make clear whether he supported the continued use of Croke Park for other sports but he does expect Congress to pass a motion to give Central Council the power to make that decision.

"Nothing has made me change my mind (on Rule 42). I'm not getting into that today."

Irish Independent

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