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Doolan welcomes major regeneration study

8 June, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on Environment and South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has welcomed, "today's publication and launch of a major study in conservation and regeneration in Dublin."

Speaking today at the launch in Rathmines DIT, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Today's launch of the Lower Rathmines Road-Conservation & Urban Regeneration Study is a major step in reclaiming Dublin City. Rathmines Road, now a major artery of the City, is one of the four ancient routes, which led out of Dublin. The study is the culmination of 2 years work and identifies the need for physical, social and economic rejuvenation of the area. It outlines the challenges for both central government & Dublin City Council. It also offers practical steps that can be taken in order to succeed. Issues to do with building use, repair work, front gardens, car parking, waste management and future development are all dealt with in the study. The solutions proposed are holistic in their approach to conservation and regeneration and include practical guidelines for repair of historic buildings, use of dwellings, funding and standards to be meet.

"I firmly believe that this plan when actioned can become a template for other plans across the city and beyond. Once the plan is actioned the benefits of regeneration will become more readily apparent. The future of the City cannot be simply left in the hands private developers and the scramble for profit but rather focused on improving the quality of life for everyone who lives here. This study can be the cornerstone for creating that kind of future, one that is sustainable and benefits all."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on, "the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure that Dublin City Council is not left wanting or waiting when it comes to funding the actions required in this study." ENDS

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