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The Irish Handball Centre beside Croke Park. Photo: Caroline Quinn

The Irish Handball Centre beside Croke Park. Photo: Caroline Quinn

The Irish Handball Centre beside Croke Park. Photo: Caroline Quinn

THE GAA is suing representatives of more than 500 families – who are members of the Irish Handball Centre located beside Croke Park – as they want to demolish the building for heavy vehicle access to concerts.

The GAA's corporate arm, Pairc an Chrocaigh Teoranta (PACT), began legal action against the club's management committee just over two years ago when they refused to vacate the premises.

It was put to the club, with more than 500 family memberships – and which isn't a corporate body – that PACT would renovate their existing grounds but without a bar facility.

REFUSED

The club's committee refused believing that their site is really wanted for the turning of lorries and access for concerts.

Eamon O'Brien, chairman of the Croke Park Street Committee Association warned that the court case would have "far reaching consequences sooner rather than later".

In a 2012, Peter McKenna, chairman of PACT said in relation to the committee's belief that their site was wanted for turning lorries that "I wouldn't dispute that.

"Our preferred option would be the Croke Park Villas site (for a new handball centre).

"That will be the one we would really like to go for."

PACT had to sue the committee as the handball centre is not a separate legal entity.

The club built the centre in 1971 on lands supplied by the GAA with the handball and community centre being run by club members for more than four decades.

The committee has the right to mortgage or sell the property as stated in the constitution.

In court documents seen by this paper it states that the members of the committee are being "sued individually and as representing all the members of the Centre".

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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