Cricket Ireland are performing a u-turn, shelving plans for a new stadium in Malahide in favour of a new purpose-built development in Abbotstown.

The governing body had previously identified Malahide as their first choice venue, but a decade after first carrying out work on the ground and square, little progress had been made in building permanent facilities.

Temporary portacabins have been the order of the day at the otherwise picturesque venue, and it now seems that patience has run out for the proposed development, with Abbotstown now the preferred option.

The original decision to use Malahide wasn't greeted with universal enthusiasm amongst the club membership, some of whom were opposed to the plans. That resistance has grown over ten frustrating years for all concerned, with the realisation on both sides that perhaps an alternative option would be better for all parties.

The Irish government is believed to be making a significant contribution to the cost of the new stadium, and plans have been mooted to share with other sports such as Irish hockey, but just how viable that option is remains to be seen.

Ger Siggins announced the scoop this morning on Twitter saying: "Big announcement coming shortly about a new home for Irish cricket in Abbotstown, West Dublin with stadium, practice facilities and offices."

Malahide CC issued the following statement when news of the decision broke.

"Cricket Ireland have made contact with us to say that they now envisage building their main stadium in Abbotstown. As a result they are disengaging from the joint project to develop an International standard pavilion in Malahide.

"While this is disappointing news having invested so much energy and commitment, it also frees up the club to look at its future in a different light. We now anticipate, for example, that the club can independently apply for Sports Capital Grant funding towards the cost of our own development which was not an option while we were still engaged with Cricket Ireland.

"This is obviously fresh news and the executive committee want as a priority to engage with you our members to hear your views on what we do to take our great club forward. We will reorganise the Town Hall as soon as possible. Cricket Ireland's new plans will obviously take some years to come to fruition. In between we will remain the premier venue in the country.

"The committee will work with them on that transition period and we are also certain that Malahide will still have a role to play in hosting international cricket after their development takes place. We should also reflect on the magnificent playing facility and equipment that we now have as a result of our work to date."

Malahide is due to host the maiden Test between Ireland and Pakistan in just ten weeks time. It is also the venue for two T20 internationals against India in June.

Fingal Cllr David O'Connor, a long-time supporter of Irish cricket was very disappointed at the news of the switch.

"It's particularly sad for both Malahide CC and Fingal County Council who poured significant resources into the project."

He welcomed Cricket Ireland's commitment to openness and transparency in the process, and looked forward to reading the unnamed external experts report into the decision to opt for Abbotstown.