BREXIT TO INCREASE TURF IMPORT COSTS INTO IRELAND
Warning from Croke Park head
British-grown grass used on the Gaelic Athletic Association's (GAA) flagship pitch is facing import duties after the UK leaves the EU, according to the manager of the stadium.
Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna was interviewed on Irish talk radio station Newstalk last week and stated that Brexit could add hundreds of thousands of euros in grass costs every year.
The Irish Farmer's Journal reported that Peter McKenna said that the grass on the pitch dies after being covered for concerts, which the stadium is licensed to organise up to three times every year.
He explained how the turf used at Croke Park is imported over from a farm in Lincolnshire.
"It's an expensive part of the operation," McKenna is quoted.
"The indications are that there could be something like a 20% surcharge on agricultural products. That would put 20% on taking our pitch in, which would probably add €100,000 to the cost of replacing pitches post-concerts."