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Dundalk merger is closer.

Dundalk's multi-million- pound plan to combine

the town's horseracing and greyhound tracks into a new purpose-built complex has taken a significant step forward.

Racecourse chairman Leo McCarthy said yesterday: "Our land was zoned only for sporting activities and we had to have this changed

by a 75-per-cent majority of the council before our planning application could be granted.

"The council's vote was unanimous and we are now hopeful of getting planning permission in the next few days.

"If successful, we would aim to start work early in

the spring, and it will take a

further 18 months before everything is ready.

"The original cost was Irpounds 10 million but it now looks like being Irpounds 12 million or even more.

``It's all very exciting for Dundalk.''

The existing Dundalk greyhound stadium and Bord na gCon (Irish greyhound board) are contributing Irpounds 4 million towards the cost, while the racecourse intends to finance much of the rest from sales of surplus land.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Clower, Michael
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2000
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