The Irish Independent has reported that Munster Council secretary Pat Fitzgerald has questioned the need to redevelop Páirc Uí Chaoimh as an all-seater high-capacity stadium.

Fitzgerald believes that with three grounds in the province already holding over 40,000 spectators, the redevelopment of the Cork grounds is redundant.

The secretary’s comments come in an annual report that highlights the average attendance for the nine Munster senior hurling and football Championship ties last year was 17,540. The only game in 2011 that attracted over 40,000 was Kerry v Cork.

The Irish Independent proposes that Páirc Uí Chaoimh be developed as a modern 20,000-seater stadium, along with five others in the province, while Semple Stadium is developed as the province's main GAA venue.