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Task Force to house 10,000 people on Poolbeg Peninsula

10 October, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today called for, ''the establishment of a task force to develop the Poolbeg Peninsula to ensure that this opportunity is not squandered by developers greed.''

Speaking at today's Council debate on the development of the Poolbeg Peninsula, Cllr. Doolan said, ''the Poolbeg Peninsula is the subject of a proposed multi billion euro development, aiming to house 10,000 people over next couple of years. But what appears to be missing is the needs of the new residents and surrounding communities. While I welcome the development of this area of Dublin, it must be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. For too long this part of Dublin has been a dumping yard for dirty industry. Neighbouring communities of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount must have their needs met with this development.

A task force of stakeholders including, Dublin City Council, developers, Councillors and local community groups must be established as a matter of urgency to oversee this development.

I am proposing the focus of the Task Force must be to guarantee;

At least 25% of all units to be given over for social & affordable housing.

Development not to be used as smokescreen to bring in an incinerator.

No high-rise with out a full and comprehensive study on effects of high rise.

Infrastructure to be put in place to coincide and compliment the development. Childcare facilities, public transport, community centres and roads to be a priority.

Consultation to date has been very poor. The period of consultation to be extended. People‚s needs and concerns addressed as opposed to communities being told what is happening.

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan claimed we, ''must ensure that this peninsula becomes part of the solution to the city‚s needs and not simply a developers paradise and a resident‚s nightmare.''

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