NAMA is in negotiations with sports clubs about using ten of its vacant green field sites for sporting facilities.
The vacant green field sites under the control of NAMA are located in five counties – Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary and Westmeath.
Both GAA and football clubs are involved in the various negotiations for the lands under NAMA’s control.
NAMA has said that a deal has to be struck between the individual sports clubs and the property owners or in the case of sites in receivership, the receiver.
The Football Association of Ireland has said it had plans for clubs to use NAMA land. It has said that NAMA’s management of lands provided clubs with the opportunity to acquire lands that they normally would not be able to buy.
The Dublin GAA County Board is so keen to use NAMA land for its clubs that it has even included it in its strategic development plan.
Strategic Programme Manager with the Dublin County Board Kevin O’Shaughnessy has said that the lack of physical facilities was the biggest obstacle to the GAA’s expansion and that as NAMA was now the biggest landowner in the country, it could provide a huge social dividend to the GAA.
He has said that it is essential that clubs got access to unused lands.