Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has said that should the emerging preferred route for the new Metrolink go ahead, it will inevitably shut down an entire North Dublin community.

The Deputy was commenting following this afternoon’s Oireachtas Transport Committee meeting on the matter. Today’s meeting was attended by representatives from Na Fianna GAA Club, Home Farm Football Club, Scoil Chaitríona Secondary School, Scoil Mobhi N.S and Prospect Architectural Conservation Area.

“The proposed loss of grounds at Na Fianna GAA Club and Home Farm Football Club has caused a huge level of distress in the locality since this Metrolink route was first announced a number of weeks ago,” he said.

“As my Party colleagues in the area, Cllr Paul McAuliffe and General Election Candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick have previously highlighted, there are a number of serious and legitimate local concerns regarding the plan.

“Each of the groups represented this afternoon presented hugely compelling evidence in objection to the emerging route.

“The co-ordinated campaign to retain the full grounds at both clubs has been led by volunteers and while it has garnered massive support, they have limited professional capacity to come up against the project.

“There is a myriad of information published relating to the emerging route that need to be properly examined and appropriately acted on to ensure neither sports grounds are taken. This process can be time consuming.

“For instance, there has been 350 page report published on the selection of machinery not to mention the documents and reports on land usage that will prove crucial.

“The community and all those impacted by the emerging preferred route are still left with many unanswered questions particularly the variations in maps of the route considering these are people’s homes that will be affected.

He concluded, “The Minister and his Department together with the relevant authorities have an obligation here to urgently clarify these outstanding matters for all involved.”