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Sinn Féin welcomes set back for Killiney Beach developers

8 February, 2005

Local Sinn Féin representative, Michael Nolan, has welcomed the fact that the planning application for the development of White Cottage on Killiney Beach has been rejected. Mr. Nolan was commenting after it emerged that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council refused permission for the development on the grounds that there wasn't adequate public notification of the developer's intentions.

Mr. Nolan said, "While I welcome this ruling by the County Council I believe it will only be a minor set back for the developers. I have no doubt that a new application will be made in the very near future.

"Sinn Féin had tabled a number of objections to the proposed development, primarily centering on the fact that it will represent a massive over development of the existing site and may have negative consequences in terms of access to sections of the beach itself.

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

"Sinn Féin will be monitoring the situation closely. And while we would welcome the redevelopment of the site, which was allowed to become derelict, as a public amenity in keeping with its original scale, we will, if this particular planning application comes before the Council strongly object to it again." ENDS

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