Na Fianna Chairman Fears For Lost Generation Over Metrolink

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Should the proposed Metrolink rail line go ahead as it’s planned current form it will transform local amenities into a construction site of an unprecedented scale.

That’s the warning from a GAA club Na Fianna in Glasnevin, which could lose access to some of its facilities while Metrolink is being built.

The 26 kilometre line between Swords and Sandyford is expected to take six years to complete. Chairman of Na Fianna GAA club, Cormac O’Donnchu, is in favour of the project – just not in its current form:

“It will transform a space which has been lovingly nurtured by generations of volunteers as a remarkable culture and community centre, into a construction site of an unprecedented scale”.

He warned that “a generation of children will be deprived of the chance to engage in healthy activity in their local community during their most formative years.

Cormac O’Donnchu was speaking at a meeting of The Transport Committee, which met with a number of stakeholders this afternoon to discuss the impact the construction of Metrolink could have on local amenities.

If it goes ahead in its current form, Metrolink will run for 26 kilometers between Swords and Sandyford – with construction expected to take six years to complete. A number of schools and sports clubs have raised concerns that the works mean they will lose access to some of their facilities, and also be affected by noise, pollution and extra traffic.

Plans for the MetroLink were met with widespread opposition in the area when the Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority published its preferred route last month. Over 1,000 people subsequently attended a public consultation meeting in Dublin City University to discuss plans with representatives of TII and the NTA.