The GAA has said any plans to redevelop the Cusack Stand in Croke Park remain suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Thursday the Herald reported that the association was preparing to upgrade and and expand conference facilities in the stand, with improvements to the GAA museum also mooted. The Herald reported that the GAA had agreed in principle a loan of around €35m with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help fund the work, which would cost over €70m in total.

On Friday, the GAA issued an email to its clubs denying they intend to overhaul the stand, though they did admit that the EIB loan had been approved. 

"Contrary to recent media reports we would like to clarify that the GAA has no plans to proceed with the refurbishment or expansion of the Cusack Stand at Croke Park," the statement read. 

"In 2019 the stadium team explored the need to upgrade a stand that was opened in 1994 and part of that exercise was to establish possible funding streams for any such project. 

"A long-standing application to the European Investment Bank concluded successfully last week and was subsequently reported in the media but these reports failed to indicate that the GAA had in fact already suspended any such plans at the outset of the pandemic. 

"The GAA's sole focus and energy lies in getting our games back up and running when it is safe to do so and securing the future financial viability of the association at every level as we continue to work through the pandemic."