The GAA has announced that An Bórd Pleanála has approved floodlighting for Croke Park.

Work will begin on Monday next to ensure that floodlighting to international standards will be a feature of Croke Park from early February 2007.

The work will involve the installation of a demountable pylon at the Hill 16 end of the stadium and electrical installation to the roofs.

It is now anticipated that the floodlighting will be ready for the Ireland v France Six Nations clash on February 11 and that the GAA may be in a position to test the lights with one of its own games prior to then.

Nickey Brennan, President of the GAA, welcomed the decision. He said that floodlighting which is considered the norm in stadiums all over Europe will enhance Croke Park further as a world class stadium.

Brennan insited that this was a very good day for Croke Park and the city of Dublin and he looked forward to the first game under lights which would be yet another milestone in the evolution of the stadium.