- Posted July 26, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Croke Park Dispute, Dublin, Ireland.
This is a Radio Telefis Eireann Prime Time story about a huge sports body in Ireland called the Gaelic Athletic Association that has now turned against members of a local Community and Handball Centre and is suing their members and families. The GAA was originally set up to strengthen communities in Ireland after the famine and to stand up to landlordism. The wheel has gone full circle and now the GAA in Croke Park are the ones seeking to EVICT community members from their Community & Handball Centre. While the Centre was built with government grants the site for the Centre was donated by the GAA and now they want it back. The Centre provides sports and social facilities for young and old and special needs children and adults - this all done on a non-profit basis. The GAA Croke Park Stadium on the other hand pay their staff a total of €5 million plus in salaries and the corporate wing of the Croke Park GAA, known as PACT, also has set itself a profit target of €4 million per annum through staging activities such as concerts etc. A reason given by a GAA spokesperson in the report for wanting to get possession of the Community & Handball Centre was so that they could knock it to make room for turning lorries.