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Government should develop St. James Gate site for people of Dublin - Doolan

9 May, 2008

Following a meeting this afternoon with Diageo Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan confirmed that Diageo are drastically downsizing their operation at St James Gate. Councillor Doolan called on the Government to take ownership of the 30 acres that will be left at the site after the downsizing operation.

Councillor Doolan said, "The current St. James' Gate site is over 50 acres however Diageo have confirmed to Sinn Féin that they plan to downsize to 20 acres. This will result in the loss of over 170 jobs at the site.

"This is a huge loss of jobs in a part of the city that can ill afford it. Any new development at the site must provide job creation opportunities while the workers affected should be provided with upskilling and retraining opportunities to suit new the new industries that will replace these jobs.

"The company's plan allows 30 acres for redevelopment. They will be relocating the bulk of their Irish business to a single site outside the city, closing their breweries in Kilkenny and Dundalk. Diego will maintain a share in the 30 acre site for development.

"The 30 acres offers great potential for a truly integrated development providing job creation and social & affordable housing. However, to ensure this happens it is now imperative that the government step in and take the other share of the 30 acres. Only then can we be sure that the main benefactors of any development are the people of Dublin and not private developers.

"The development of this site must happen in parallel with the current Liberties Area Plan. Nothing should undermine this local plan." ENDS

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