AN AMBITIOUS DEVELOPMENT plan has been announced by Dublin GAA, which includes a new 25,000-seater stadium located on the outskirts of the city.
Officials also plan to enlist the assistance of Nama among others, in order to help them deal with any potential infrastructural problems they may face.
The Dublin GAA Strategic Plan 2011-2017 is outlined in a document available on the Dublin County Board’s official website, and includes the targets of winning the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship every three years, and its hurling equivalent every five years.
The plan, which was launched by Dublin GAA Chairman Andy Kettle, GAA President Christy Cooney and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, aims to help grant Dublin provincial status in terms of funding and representation on the GAA’s committee.
The report also acknowledges the competition posed by Leinster rugby:
“We can’t copyright a colour but the subliminal exploitation of Dublin’s unique sporting hue by our competitors has not gone unnoticed.
“Mutual respect is essential in Irish sport, yet the appeal of a flourishing professional franchise is still a real challenge in the struggle for hearts and minds in Dublin, while the demographic shift continues to distort traditional values and interests.”
In addition, it aims to increase revenue per annum by £1.5m between now and 2017, while also seeking to increase GAA participation in Dublin by 10% in that time.