Fianna Fáil Dublin West TD, Jack Chambers has called on the Taoiseach to intervene and put a halt to NAMA proceeding with their planned sale of the land used by Tyrrelstown GAA Club, Dublin 15.
Deputy Chambers raised the matter with Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD in Dáil Éireann earlier this afternoon.
Chambers said, “The Programme for Government very clearly outlines that State agency, NAMA would fund a programme for investment in infrastructure.
“As the Taoiseach will be aware, Tyrrelstown has experienced a significant deficit in investment over the past number of years.
“This GAA club, like many others across the city, has been a pillar of the local community for the past decade.
“Sadly in recent weeks NAMA has taken ownership of the land where Tyrrelstown GAA club is based and the State agency has entered into a process to sell on the land.
“The Taoiseach and his Government are standing over the receivership process that will ensure this club is expelled and removed from its only pitch. Surely NAMA’s approach in this instance does not tally with the Programme for Government.
“Coaches, players and all those associated with the club are deeply worried by the prospect of losing its only playing pitch which will leave players with nowhere to train or compete.
“Despite my questions this afternoon, the Taoiseach gave absolutely no assurances regarding the future of the GAA pitch.
“The Taoiseach must lend his full support to local sports clubs and put the needs of our community ahead of any corporate and capitalist consideration.
Deputy Chambers concluded, “I am calling on him now to move decisively to ensure that this playing pitch is kept and Tyrrelstown GAA is not driven from existence.”