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    Dundalk Could Be Forced Out of Oriel Park

    Interesting development reported on RTE.ie and, perhaps, a timely warning about what can happen when private ownership doesn't work as well as expected.

    http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2016/...of-oriel-park/

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    The problem there is the private ownership of the facility attached to the ground. Even though we don't own the stadium, I think that it is safer that it is owned by the Council rather than a private individual.

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    Gas how Dundalk fans are always arrogantly crowing about how fucking amazing they are – while their club completely and totally ignore the inevitable.

    Seems to be an Irish thing. Shels, Bohs.....

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    They have spent the rent on league titles.... oops

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    As I understand it the Casey family own the ground, Matthews built the YDC and has been in constant dispute with the Casey's for years. Des Casey is in his 80's now and apparently the sons would like to cash in on the ground. Dundalk IT had plans to build a stadium on campus in partnership with Louth GAA who pulled out because they wanted it to be exclusive to GAA - where have we heard that before? There's talk that Dundalk might get involved with DkIT now in conjunction with the FAI. Looks like this will take time to sort out.
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    CLUB NEWSDundalk FC Statement




    DUNDALK FC


    Dundalk Football Club fully understands that today’s article in the Irish Times will have caused a lot of distress for our supporters, sponsors and players.
    Dundalk FC have been successful every year in our application for a Premier License since the takeover was completed in 2013. We have followed a similar process this year as in previous years and will continue to work with the FAI’s Licensing Department and our legal advisors to clarify any issues that may have emerged by the former owner of Dundalk FC’s attempt to interfere with the licensing process.
    Dundalk FC have signed documentation outlining the agreements made with Mr. Matthews at the time of the transfer of ownership. These documents include the transfer of the license from his company to the new ownershipand also provide the terms of the takeover of all football activities in Oriel Park.
    It is our view, and those of our advisors, that these agreements ended Mr. Matthews influence and involvement in any licensing requirements for Dundalk FC in subsequent licensing applications.
    Claims of a Financial Dispute
    Dundalk Football Club does not have any long-standing financial dispute with Mr. Matthews. This is not the first time that Mr. Matthews has stated publically that he is owed money by Dundalk Football Club. However, this accusation is completely false.
    The new owners paid Mr. Matthews debts at the time of the takeover and rescued the club from going out of existence. There was never, ever, any agreement that would provide for any additional payments to be made to Mr. Matthews.
    The only financial agreement with Mr. Matthews was to pay an agreed list of creditors that amounted to €192,000. This was paid in full. We will remind Dundalk supporters that we also took over all the risks attached to the club that was bottom of the league facing the very serious prospect of relegation.
    Therefore, we consider it very important that all of our supporters know that we do not owe Mr. Matthews any money and that we have adhered to all of the agreements made with him at the time of the transfer of ownership.
    Lease Dispute
    Our position with the lease is straightforward. We are not engaged in a legal dispute with Mr. Matthews over the lease. The owner of the ground, Mr. Des Casey, has brought an eviction order against Mr. Matthews that, since mediation has failed, is now active once again.

    Dundalk FC have paid the terms of the lease to Mr. Casey in full since August 2012 as per the agreement to transfer all football activities to the new company. The fact that we do not possess the lease is preventing Dundalk FC from investing in stadium infrastructure but, in our view, does not prevent us applying for a Premier License in the same manner as in previous years.
    Dundalk FC will continue to seek legal advice and work with the FAI to bring this matter to a conclusion. Our only desire since the takeover has been to provide our community with a football club they can be proud of – we do not anticipate recent events to interfere with our objectives.

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