Donal Óg Cusack has criticised Croke Park for its role in the redevelopment of SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the huge debt it has left Cork GAA with.
The three-time Cork All-Ireland SHC winning goalkeeper made his feelings known on the matter during RTÉ’s coverage of last night’s Allianz Hurling League clash with Kilkenny.
“In reality, there's a huge millstone been left around Cork's neck,” he said.
“They talk about €30 million gone into the stadium, will we ever know how much was actually spent on it? You can't tell me that isn't going to impact on Cork players in the future.
“It's a bigger issue with the GAA. You have to look at the amount of stadiums we have. We have way too many stadiums, we're investing way too much money in stadiums.
“When is the GAA going to take responsibility? They're the people that have driven all of this.
It was the GAA that decided to build Croke Park, it was the GAA that decided to put the names on the jerseys, it was the GAA that decided to sell the television rights.
“It would remind you of the Tories in the UK, blame everyone else and blaming the immigrants for their mistakes. When are we going to see Tom Ryan (GAA director-general) with a report and say 'I'm taking responsibility for this and I'm taking responsibility for this stadium?
“The GAA are every bit as responsible as Cork for the debt that is here.”
Fireworks before throw-in at Páirc Uí Chaoimh - apologies - make that SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Jackie Tyrrell and Dónal Óg Cusack put the hurling world and the GAA to rights ahead of the league clash between Cork and Kilkenny. #RTEGAA pic.twitter.com/idNtjPrgGU— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) February 10, 2024