Following months of negotiations between the Club, Councillors and Fingal County Council, Na Dubh Gall GAA have been given a real opportunity turn the disused, derelict Council Depot near Bayside DART Station into a temporary home for the Club.
Speaking following a meeting with Senan Turnbull, Director of Services with FCC and Councillors, Cllr. Alan Farrell said “I am pleased that the Council have changed their minds on this matter. For me and the members of the club whom I have met with over the last few months it was a simple decision for the Council to make. Offer the facility to the Club for community purposes or allow it to continue to be a focal point for anti social behaviour, graffiti and indeed criminality which would most likely result in its demise.
“As far as I am concerned, this depot is derelict and with a small investment by the Club, Na Dubh Gall can finally have somewhere to call home. I believe that Fingal have made the right decision and I compliment the parks department on changing their minds.
“Its fair to say that the necessary pressure and hard work by both Club officials and Councillors on the council has paid off and I am delighted to be part of that. Following the boundary changes last year, Baldoyle, Howth, Sutton & Bayside became part of my area.
“While the deal is not yet done, I am confident that the club and the Council can come to a mutually beneficial agreement now that the offer has been made and will continue to work with the club to ensure a successful outcome.
“I would like to thank club Chairman John Reddy Snr. & development committee member Peter Grassick for asking me to become involved in this project and I am delighted to have played my part in ensuring that this eyesore will become a focal point for the activities of the club.
Pictured, Peter Grassick (Development Committee Member), Club Chairman, John Reddy Snr. & Cllr. Alan Farrell pictured at the site of the disused Council depot at Baldoyle following a meeting on site to discuss the decision of the Council on Monday evening