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GAA remain tight-lipped on New Eltham


Croke Park and London GAA are continuing to maintain their silence on the £3m lawsuit levelled upon the trustees of New Eltham by the Irish-backed company Novalong.

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Headquarters of the GAA has remained tight-lipped on the affair since the story broke in August over disputed development rights to the 13-acre former home of London GAA.

Director General Padraig Duffy – who is one of the New Eltham trustees – has maintained that he will not engage with the issue because it is a “legal matter”.

And this week, the communications department in Croke Park said: “It wouldn’t be prudent to comment at this time.”

A spokesperson added this was their position on all legal matters, not just in the case of New Eltham.

If officers in London GAA felt the position of silence was damaging to the GAA in anyway, then they were free to contact them and make representation of that point, the spokesperson added.

The GAA position is in contrast to that of Novalong, which has released several statements qualifying its position.

The Irish-backed company, which bought an option to develop New Eltham for £500,000 in 2001, has applied for summary judgment in the case.

In a previous statement, Novalong said it did so to protect an asset and because the GAA had withdrawn their co-operation. Novalong insists it can still develop a 261-house social amenity site despite the rejection of their planning application by Secretary of State Ruth Kelly in 2007.

If planning was granted in New Eltham, the deal could be worth £5.5m to the GAA.

A date has yet to be set for the lawsuit to go to court.




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