Lansdowne and the greater good

Over the head of the inevitable objections, the new stadium at Lansdowne Road is to be built at last.

24th March, 2007

Last week, An Bord Pleanala ignored its own inspector’s report and granted planning permission for the stadium. This is good news for Irish sport and good news for Ireland.

Somewhat predictably, many locals are ‘‘devastated’’. Disgruntled local residents say they may challenge the decision in the High Court, though this is unlikely to prove more than an expensive delaying tactic.

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