Dublin City Councillor Noel Rock has today welcomed the details of the proposed €3.8 million acquisition of Dalymount Park by Dublin City Council saying it will “represent a good deal for the fans, the club and the city”.

The proposed deal, which will see Dublin City Council paying €3.8m and taking ownership of Dalymount, also promises a consultation with the FAI and the Government to bring about a redevelopment as soon as possible.

“I would like to commend all of those involved who brought the discussions to this point,” Councillor Rock stated. “We have seen how the model of a municipal sports stadium can be a success with Tallaght Stadium and, should this proposed acquisition pass, it gives us great potential scope for the future. I am satisfied also that DCC have made assurances that the emphasis will remain on soccer.

“With Luas Cross City stopping nearby and Dalymount’s ideal location, this property is ripe for redevelopment and has a very bright future ahead of it, but we need to capitalise on its potential with urgency. I believe it is imperative that the Government and the FAI assist urgently with supplementary funding to allow for redevelopment to begin as soon as possible. This is a vital component of the redevelopment of the area and the aim should be to have a redevelopment plan firmly in place for 2016,” the Councillor continued.

“I am satisfied that the €3.8 million acquisition of Dalymount Park would represent good value for money, and to that end, I will be voting in favour of it. However, I would hope that we will see concrete redevelopment put forward in the very near future,” he concluded.