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“80% of Irish voters believe the GAA should make Croke Park available for rugby and soccer matches during the planned redevelopment of the Lansdowne Road stadium, according to an Irish Times/TNS mrbi poll published today.

Some 12% believe it should not be opened and 8% have no opinion. Support for opening Croker to other games is evenly spread across all regions, age groups, social groups and party supporters.

The poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday last week among a national quota sample of 1,000 voters at 100 sampling points in the 42 Dáil constituencies.

When reconstruction work begins on Lansdowne Road, which is owned by the IRFU who in turn rent the stadium to the FAI, international soccer and rugby matches may have to be played in Britain. Unless, of course, the GAA vote to amend their Rule 42, which bans rugby and soccer from being played at the association’s Dublin headquarters.

Debate on the issue is expected at April’s GAA Congress.”

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