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Don’t fence us in, plead Croke Park supporters

A controversial new fence in Croke Park was near completion yesterday, ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland football semi final.

The 2.8m-high barricade will be in place at the Hill 16 end for the weekend's eagerly awaited crunch game between Down and Kildare.

The barriers have brought criticism from fans who claim it will hinder the view from ‘the Hill'.

Joe Nugent, the secretary of the Dublin Supporters Club, said: “We think it is retrograde step in relation to stadium safety.”

Workers were yesterday busy putting together the elaborate system, which appears to be half perspex and half steel mesh. The GAA has declined to give out specific information about the new fence but says that it will incorporate an opening mechanism that can be used if necessary.

“When it is complete, the journalists will be fully briefed and Sunday is the time that it will be ready, so Sunday is the time,” a GAA spokesman said.

Belfast Telegraph

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