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St Patrick’s Athletic FC developments at St Michaels estate ‘a welcome move’ – Cllr Greg Kelly & Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

11 April, 2018 - by Greg Kelly

Sinn Féin representatives for the Inchicore Area Councillor Greg Kelly, Councillor Daithí Doolan, Senator Fintan Warfield & Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD welcome the interest shown by St Patrick’s Athletic FC in Developing St Michaels estate. Today St Patrick’s Athletic released their vision for the site and this has the potential to accelerate the consideration of what will be built on this derelict site.

The Sinn Féin team of Councillors Greg Kelly and Daithí Doolan, TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Senator Fintan Warfield are heartened to hear of the commitment of St Patrick’s Athletic FC to Inchicore and the future of both the club and the area. By employing a community development officer the club have shown this week that they are serious about bring the club forward and building up further its community relations.

The Sinn Féin team were given a presentation last week by the club and while the plans tick a number of boxes, it isn’t the only proposal on the table and all plans need to be weighed up in terms of the best possible use of the land. St Patrick’s Athletics’ plans include much needed housing, commercial units and a new sports stadium.

It has to be noted that this is public land and the need is for Social and Affordable housing, but we are not blind to the dereliction of Inchicore village as businesses have closed and left the area.

Cllr Greg Kelly said;

“This proposal and the Dublin City Council led land initiative is a long step from the failed Fianna Fáil backed proposal through McNamara 18 years ago and suggests that development on St Michael’s can lead the regeneration of Inchicore.

“We need an influx of people to the area but the facilities and services need to go with this.

“We have seen so many false dawns in the past but I feel that we are close to a final decision on the site. I have been working hard for a number of years to get Dublin City Council to develop this site and felt that the land initiative was the vehicle to get people around the table. This has now seen local club St Patrick’s Athletic FC share their vision and I welcome that.”

Dublin South-Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh added

“I am asking Dublin City Council management to fast track the assessment of this proposal, and any others that come to light, so the decision can be made on the best use of the site for the benefit of people waiting to be housed and the residents of Inchicore.

“Dublin City Council are already committed to bringing in a new 60 bed senior citizen complex beside the main St Michael’s site and I was urge them to start work on this as soon as possible.

“This will show that Dublin City Council is serious about the regeneration of Inchicore. Whichever plan is pursued must be for up to 400 homes (Social, affordable rental and affordable purchase), community facilities and commercial retail.”

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