Gaels say no to Hyde proposals

At a meeting held in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon on Monday night of this week, GAA chiefs were told that Roscommon Gaels has rejected the latest proposals on the future ownership of Hyde Park.   There is now renewed uncertainty over the future development of the county’s leading GAA ground following this significant setback in attempts to broker a deal between Roscommon County Board and Roscommon Gaels over ownership of Dr. Hyde Park.    Yesterday (Wednesday) a Roscommon Gaels official confirmed to the Roscommon People that the club has rejected the latest set of proposals aimed at ending the impasse.    Roscommon Gaels has instead presented new proposals to the GAA’s Implementation Committee, which has been trying to resolve the stand-off in recent months.    At issue is the ownership of Hyde Park, ownership of the Hyde Social Centre, availability of the training ground for Roscommon Gaels in any future arrangement, status of Hyde Park as a home venue for the club, make-up and status of Dr. Hyde Park Committee and issue of franchising (programmes, shop, etc.) on match days.    It is understood that major funding earmarked by GAA HQ for further development of Hyde Park is conditional on an agreed arrangement for the future management of the grounds.    The secretary of Roscommon Gaels, Mr. Paul Hoare, stressed that the club is committed to the development of Hyde Park. However he added that the proposals put before the club had been rejected ‘in the best interests of the club.’    Negotiations on the vexed question of ownership/future use and management  of Hyde Park have been ongoing for several months.    In April of this year Roscommon Gaels Executive Committee rejected proposals put forward by Roscommon County Board on the Hyde Park issue. The Gaels offered their own set of terms to the County Board at that time too. On foot of receiving the Roscommon Gaels proposals, the Implementation Committee subsequently responded with seven proposals. Those proposals have now been rejected by Roscommon Gaels and the club has put forward new proposals. The  Implementation Committee is understood to be considering the latest communication from the club.