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Doolan to support Bewleys Motion

6 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking ahead of tonight's City Council meeting, has urged fellow Councillors to support a motion calling on, "the Minister for Environment to establish a National Trust to protect and preserve our heritage."

Councillor Doolan said:

"Tonight's motion is calling for the establishment of a National Trust and to urge any newly established Trust to investigate the long term protection of Bewley's Cafes here in Dublin.

"Any economic development in Dublin must not be carried out at the expense of our social and cultural heritage. Development must not mean creating English high-streets in our cities. It must mean developing indigenous industry unique to our own cities in Ireland. Bewleys provides Dublin with exactly that, Bewleys is synonymous with Dublin and must be protected to preserve the character of Dublin. Tonight's motion, if passed, will ensure that future developments will compliment and not destroy our city centre."

Cllr. Doolan concluded by calling on all parties to support tonight's motion, "and thereby preserve the unique role of the social, cultural, economic and architectural fabric of our city." ENDS

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