Sinn Féin's Ballyfermot/Drimnagh Representative, Daithí Doolan, today revealed that, 'the Unilever site on Davitt Road has been bought by the Health Services Executive for development.'
“I can confirm that the Davitt Road site has been bought by the HSE. It will be part of the development of the new Children’s Hospital in James St. Services will be moved from St. James Hospital to Davitt Road as the development progresses.
“The Drimnagh site, along the Grand Canal, has been empty for far too long and residents were anxious that it would never be developed. The owners, Green Property, had hoped to build houses on the site.
“Unfortunately their plans did not receive approval of Dublin City Councillor planners. Green Property wanted low level, duplex housing while council planners demanded apartments. Failing to get permission the owners had been left with no option but to sell the land. A recent Labour Party leaflet claiming plans for housing had been agreed was misleading and only served to confuse matters.
“We worked closely with Green Property to ensure the site remained well maintained and secure. I welcome the site being developed, but it must be done in an open and transparent way. The local community must be properly consulted with.
“It is important that the HSE come out publicly with their plans. There are serious concerns that need to be addressed. These include traffic disruption and the scale of the development. Sinn Féin has written to the HSE seeking a meeting with the new owners as soon as possible to discuss the new proposals.
“We will be looking for full consultation with the local residents and maximum community gain for Drimnagh.”