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Croker rooftop tours plan is put on hold

PLANS for a rooftop pathway for tours at Croke Park have been put on hold as Dublin City Council has refused to grant the GAA planning permission unless extra information is supplied.

Residents have also lodged written objections with the council and say that if permission is granted, they will appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

The creation of the rooftop pathway, with deckchairs and other recreational options such as abseiling, was announced under much fanfare last year, with an estimated charge per person of €100.

It was expected to open this January, but issues surrounding the planning have set the project back at least a year.

Dublin City Council has asked for a host of additional information including details on stair access, barriers on the walkways, the level of access to the public and opening hours.

They also wanted clarification on parking arrangements and other structural drawings and plans.


Eamon O'Brien, chairman of local residents group the Croke Park Street Committee Association, says there are a number of reasons for objections to the proposed plans.

"The park is being used as a money-making machine, in our opinion, with little or no concern as to what impact this has on the whole surrounding neighbourhood.

"We have fears about the safety, about privacy, and about exactly what hours these tours would operate under. We are strongly opposed to this and if it does get approval, we will appeal that decision to An Bord Pleanala and we will pursue this matter vigorously," he said.