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Councillor condemns PBP party for playing politics with Hell Fire Club development

9 May, 2017 - by Enda Fanning

Sinn Féin Councillor Enda Fanning has criticised the People Before Profit party for playing politics with the proposed development at the Hell Fire Club. After an update on the Dublin Mountain’s project was presented to Councillors today, Cllr. Fanning said:“I support the project and welcome the ongoing consultations and information meetings being organised by the Council. I also welcome the fact that the Council is requesting feedback from the local community and from the public at large and that the Council has been very open at all times. I will monitor and review the project on an ongoing basis.“In the early stages such projects will always receive a mixed reaction and distributing information is vital as any such project proceeds. Legitimate criticism and suggestions are always helpful and indeed necessary to ensure the success of such projects and the support of the local community.“However some of the criticisms concerning this proposed development have been based on downright misinformation. And let’s call a spade a spade here. The People Before Profit party has issued statements and organised meetings to ‘Save the Hell Fire Club’ –  as if the Council was about to demolish it.“Both PBP Councillors clearly stated at today’s meeting that they themselves are undecided about the project, and I accept that. However it is quite clear that others from their party are attempting to hijack the project for political purposes. A number of protest meetings have been hosted by the PBP party with PBP’s Dr. Peadar O’Grady as chairperson and Richard Boyd Barrett TD, as speaker. A further meeting has been organised this month. None of these people have engaged with the Council or Councillors and that seemingly includes their own councillors. There is a clear attempt here to hijack this project for political purposes and this must not be allowed to happen.”

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