Monday 27 May 2019

Bid to keep the home of Irish cricket in Malahide

September full council meeting

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF)
Cllr Darragh Butler (FF)

John Manning

Fingal County Council says it is open to pre-planning discussions with Cricket Ireland on making provision for more permanent international cricket facilities in Malahide, but no such discussions have taken place recently although the idea has been discussed in the past.

At September's meeting of the full council, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) asked: 'Following the incredibly successful recent first Test Match and T20 Internationals, what can be done to keep Malahide as the home of Irish cricket.'

The council's planning department responded, saying: 'Pre-planning with Cricket Ireland has been facilitated in the past on proposals to develop more permanent facilities at Malahide Demesne for international events.

'A number of sensitivities related to the location within the Demesne were identified and Cricket Ireland has not, to date, progressed with any Planning Application.'

The written response from the council stated: 'As for all applicants, the planning authority will deal pro-actively with any further requests for pre-planning.'

However, there are other options on the table for Cricket Ireland.

The local authority explained: 'It is understood that Cricket Ireland may be considering introducing new facilities within the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown as part of a wider strategy to develop a larger network of international standard grounds to meet the added demands of international and first-class cricket, as well as Ireland's Full Member and Test status.

'No pre-planning discussion has been requested nor any planning application lodged. The Council will continue to support Cricket Ireland through the planning process and in its Program of Financial Assistance for Events.'

Fingal Independent