COUNCILLORS have voted unanimously to approve the planning application to redevelop Dalymount Park.
Dublin City Council bought Dalymount from Bohemians in 2015 at a time when the club was in danger of going out of business.
It was initially envisaged that Shelbourne would move in with Tolka Park – also owned by DCC – to be used by both clubs during the Dalymount construction works before being demolished.
But a Save Tolka Park campaign persuaded Shels to buy the ground off DCC with negotiations ongoing.
The Dalymount project will proceed regardless with the pitch to be turned 90 degrees with two stands running the length of it having a seated capacity of 6,240 with terraces behind the goals holding 1,794.
The €40m revamp will see the overall capacity almost double to 8,034 from its current 4,290
Bohs Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lambert said: “With planning now, we call on the government to ensure that the appropriate funding mechanism is in place to enable progression to construction phase.
“As we have seen across capital projects with levels of inflation, any delays to the process can cause significant complications and ultimately added cost to the exchequer.
“We now have a plan to deliver the right stadium for Bohs, Dublin 7 and the city as a whole, at a cost that is appropriate, and that has public and political support.
“What we need now is the government to ensure the right funding is now forthcoming so that we can have a community stadium to be proud of at the Home of Irish Football.”
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A best-case scenario would see Bohs play out of the new stadium in 2027 and will have to find a new home for the two seasons beforehand during building work.
Labour Party Senator Marie Sherlock warmly welcomed the revamp approval.
Senator Sherlock said: “This project is a big win for the Phibsborough area as the redevelopment will also involve the construction of 585 sq. m of community facilities.
“This will be vital resource for the vibrant and very diverse local community which currently has no community hall in the area. The project will also involve new safe pedestrian and cycling routes around the stadium connecting the roads around the stadium.
“For many involved in the nine year campaign to save the historic Dalymount stadium, this is a momentous night as this planning approval comes after many disappointments.
“All eyes are now on Government to stump their share of the funding to ensure the project can proceed without delay and to have the project completed for the start of the 2027 football season.
“To date, the Government have provided just short of €1m and it is over to them to fill in the final piece of the jigsaw in ensuring that Dalymount Statdium can be redeveloped without delay.”