The Waterford County Board received majority support from clubs for the redevelopment of Walsh Park at last night’s meeting in Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan.
After an hour long debate, only one delegate from Kilgobnet opposed the board’s position as they felt Dungarvan should be developed instead.
Chairman Paddy Joe Ryan says that all options were explored and that they have been open and transparent with clubs on the matter.
He told delegates that the board are willing to distribute a feasibility study produced for a private individual and presented during a confidential meeting if they have his permission,
but insists that the board have nothing to hide.
79 people attended last nights meeting. Paddy Joe Ryan said the support was unrelenting and almost unanimous following a free and frank discussion where everybody got an opportunity to say what they wanted to say. He said the Clubs really appreciated being informed on all matters. He also said the dye was cast on the development of Walsh Park last March and since the County Board have driven it on at Munster, National and Government level in the meantime.
The Chairman said that a move to Carriganore isn’t financially viable for the County Board at the moment. He asked how could Waterford Clubs take a burden of a levy of ten thousand euro a year.
At the moment the levy of one or two thousand is taxing on clubs and he said the 50 clubs in Waterford must be protected.
He says they now want to move on, get Walsh Park done and in the future have a ten thousand all concrete stadium at Fraher Field.