Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has called on South Dublin County Council to make progress on plans to build a new stand at Tallaght Stadium.
Last October South Dublin County Council allocated funds of €250,000 for construction of a north stand which would see the capacity increase to 8,500.
O Connor raised the matter at the May meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee which then unanimously passed his motion welcoming the Council’s commitment to build the new stand.
In the response to the motion the Council Management told Charlie O’Connor that a design team for the third Stand at Tallaght Stadium is currently being assembled and will commence work during June 2016.
The architect’s department has also advised that “the design team will be conducting a feasibility study considering the stand to the north or the south and make their recommendations accordingly”.
The Council also told O’Connor that “full consultation under Part 8 of the Planning Act will commence before the end of the year and construction will commence in 2017 with a target completion date of the second quarter of 2018.”
The report also added that budget estimates will be prepared during the early stage of project design by the design team.
Charlie O’Connor said:
“This is an extremely important development which has widespread support and it was vital that the proposal continued to receive priority support from Council Management.”
The capacity of the stadium was previously increased to 10,900 thanks to the construction of temporary stands for the visit of Real Madrid in 2009 and Shamrock Rovers’ home Europa League fixtures during the 2011/12 season.
The Hoops are the anchor tenant at the stadium but it is also home to the Ireland ladies football team and minority sports like the Rugby League European Championship, Rugby Union and the Irish American Football League.