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Sinn Féin expresses serious concern about development on Killiney Beach

3 February, 2005

Local Sinn Féin representative, Michael Nolan, has expressed his party's "serious concern" at a proposed new development on Killiney Beach, on the site of what was the old Tea Rooms at the Whiterock end of the strand. Mr. Nolan said he suspected the proposed development of two and four storey multi-use buildings was "merely a Trojan horse" to attain planning permission to build several exclusive private residential properties at this prime location. Mr. Nolan logded an objection to the planned development on behalf of Sinn Féin today, the last day such objections could be made.

Mr. Nolan said, "Reading the planning notice it is clear that the proposal to build two dwellings with balconies overlooking the bay as well as 30 guest rooms and car parking for 27 cars, along with a restaurant and function rooms could not possibly take place on the existing Tea Rooms site without impacting significantly on the surrounding beach and access to it.

"I don't believe for a moment this is a serious proposal in terms of providing mixed used and publicly accessible buildings. I am seriously concerned that this is merely a Trojan horse to ultimately attain planning permission for more exclusive private residences in the area.

"Unfortunately in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown we have had problems in relation to the development of sites in this area. Specifically we had the joke that was the building of the 'Art Gallery' on the Vico Road, which everybody believes was nothing more than a sham to allow wealthy individuals build a private residence in an high amenity location where they otherwise would not have been allowed.

"Recently we also had a very fine hotel, the Killiney Court, close down in the immediate area of this proposed new development with the loss of a number of jobs after developers moved in like scavengers to strip it down so they could build multi-million euro apartments.

"Sinn Féin would welcome the development of a public amenity on the site of the old Tea Rooms, especially after they were deliberately allowed to fall into disrepair. However, we would absolutely reject the building of private residential dwellings on this prime seaside location.

"Today we have lodged a formal objection to this project with Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council." ENDS

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