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No decision yet on big screen in city for match

DUBLIN City Council has yet to make a decision on the provision of a public screen in the city centre for the All-Ireland final this Sunday.

The local authority is still considering the move less then a week before throw-in.

A council spokesman said discussions with Dublin County Board about the proposed measure are still underway.

He said: "We have to discuss a number of possibilities before we make a final decision on the event."

Dublin councillors have previously urged city chiefs to make it happen.

At their monthly meeting last week, Cllr Deirdre Heney called on officials to "provide a big screen in one of our public spaces or city parks so as many fans as possible can enjoy the All-Ireland football final in the company of fellow GAA supporters".

She said the issue of tickets has proven "too difficult" for fans to obtain.

Cllr Heney identified public spaces such as College Green and Dawson Street to accommodate large crowds.

She said both areas have been used in the past for sport homecoming events.

Big screens were erected in Limerick for Munster rugby fans unable to get tickets for the Heineken Cup final.

Patrick King, of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, said the event would stimulate the local economy and provide a boost for businesses.