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The redevelopment work has already begun at the Cork venue.
The redevelopment work has already begun at the Cork venue.
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Cork GAA respond to claims Páirc Uí Chaoimh redevelopment grant under EU investigation

Newspaper reports suggest the €30 million state fund is to be the subject of an investigation.
Nov 1st 2015, 7:21 PM 24,803 23

THE CORK COUNTY Board have released a statement to clarify the situation regarding the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Cork GAA insist its procurement of state funding has followed all the necessary protocol and the project meets all the conditions under the Public Spending Code

It follows a report in today’s Sunday Independent which suggested the the venue’s redevelopment is now under investigation by European officials.

The Government signed off on a state grant of €30 million last month despite concerns over the county board’s business plan for the project.

“The Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium re-development project meets all the conditions for State funding under the Public Spending Code,” the statement read.

“The Board has been made aware of a process that has to be undertaken by Government with the EU with regard to State aid.

“The Board and the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport are working closely together and the Board anticipates a speedy and successful conclusion to the process.”

On completion, the €70 million redevelopment will see the ground’s capacity increase to 45,000. It will also include state-of-the-art facilities for players, fans and staff, restaurants, conference facilities, a new press box and a museum.

The redeveloped stadium is part of the Irish Rugby Football Union’s bid to stage the 2023 World Cup in Ireland.

The original plan was for the work to be complete by summer 2017 but the latest developments may put that timeline in jeopardy and be a major blow to Ireland’s World Cup bid.

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