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Dublin Docklands Development Authority fiasco another unsettling example of politicking and chronyism - Ó Snodaigh

8 December, 2009


Speaking in the Dáil this evening Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) is yet another unsettling and frustrating example of the pattern of politicking and chronyism we constantly have to witness in this state. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the DDDA became entangled in a web of dubious business dealings and transactions.
He said:
“At it’s origins the Dublin Docklands Development Authority was a creative, positive, forward thinking and supported project. And had it fulfilled what it had originally set out to achieve, the project would have had a hugely positive effect on this part of the inner city. The tragedy unfortunately, is that as with so many initiatives in this country, it fractured became entangled in a web of dubious business dealings and transactions.
“The crux of this whole Docklands fiasco originates from the fact that special planning powers were given to the development authority above Dublin City Council. It did not take long for concerns to emerge about a number of issues, including cross-directorships between the authority and Anglo Irish Bank while the bank has been funding projects involving the authority.
“It is common knowledge that the DDDA plans were always more about commercial developments. The original project that was sold to people under the promise that this investment would bring about social and environmental sustainability for the indigenous community, quickly became a myth. As a result of the DDDA’s focus on commercial developments, it naturally became totally dependent on the building boom.
“It’s uncanny that we are discussing this Bill with the backdrop of NAMA, with it’s rescuing of banks and protection of developers - the corrupt story of the demise of the DDDA is quite apt. It is a perfect example of how big money so often takes precedence over the betterment of the communities.
“It is yet another unsettling and frustrating example of the pattern of politicking and chronyism we constantly have to witness. We were told that the intention of this Docklands project would be a rejuvenation scheme for the city centre, based on commercial intent but which would contribute and rejuvenate areas that so desperately needed it.
“I urge everyone to support this Bill so that a halt is put to any potential further wastage of taxpayers money.” ENDS

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