Dalymount development still in consultancy phase

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Dublin City Council’s proposed redevelopment of Dalymount Park is currently in the process of procuring a consultant to appraise the redevelopment project.

Following a Freedom of Information request, Dublin City Council Administrative Officer Jackie O’Reilly has said that the appraisal will “examine all aspects of the project and will guide Dublin City Council on the exact nature of the redevelopment”.

In terms of Dublin City Council’s application to the government to aid the funding of the redevelopment, Ms O’Reilly says that only general discussions have taken place between the Council and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport so far.

Ms O’Reilly has said that “the appraisal document (from the consultant) will form the basis of a formal submission to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for capital funding for Dalymount Park’s Redevelopment”.

Dublin City Council purchased the home of Irish football from Bohemian Football Club for €3.8 million in 2015, in turn clearing the debt of the Phibsboro club. The Council’s decision to seek funding from the government originally emerged in January 2017.

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park was originally seen as part of the FAI’s legacy Project from hosting some EURO 2020 matches in the AVIVA Stadium, however Irish football’s governing body are not involved in funding the project.

By Sean Meehan

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