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'National Disgrace' : Colm O'Rourke Is Very Angry About NAMA

'National Disgrace' : Colm O'Rourke Is Very Angry About NAMA
Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Colm O'Rourke does not like NAMA.

And he is hopping mad about NAMA's refusal to countenance selling the Spawell site in Templeogue to the GAA. Dublin county board CEO John Costello criticised the agency after the board's bid to buy the site failed.

The county board offered in excess of the €6.5 million asking price in an attempt to build a Dublin GAA hub on the south side.


NAMA accepted a higher offer. But O'Rourke argues, with great vigour, that money should not be the only consideration. Selling to the GAA would be an imaginative and far-sighted move , he says.

NAMA was set up in the name of the taxpayer but is systematically selling off the best assets of this country, in some cases to foreign vulture funds, without a hint of protest from anyone.

The reality is that NAMA is, with official blessing, overseeing the greatest plundering of Irish assets since the Cromwellian plantations.

He argued that the furore should be all the greater. He lamented that senior government figures, many steeped in Gaelic football, should have spoken up.


The GAA as a whole should be taking up the Dublin cause. This is the most shameful national disgrace of our time.

O'Rourke's interventions in economics and politics have been controversial before. His support of Sean Quinn is not shared by the majority and Joe Brolly has slagged him, on air, for his own missteps as a property speculator.

Read the rest of his piece here.


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