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Doolan - All City parks to be opened to the public

6 February, 2006


Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment, Councillor Daithí Doolan, will tonight table an Emergency Motion calling on Dublin City Council, "to take legal action, including Compulsory Purchase Orders, to ensure that all private parks and squares are opened up to the public in Dublin."

Speaking ahead of tonight's City Council meeting, Cllr. Doolan said, "I will be tabling an Emergency Motion at tonight's Council meeting demanding that City Council use Compulsory Purchase Orders on any private parks or squares with a view to opening them up to the public. The serious issues surrounding Dartmouth Square in Rathmines have clearly shown that private parks have no role in a modern city. It is totally unacceptable that the taxpayer was funding the upkeep and maintenance of a private square and we have a right to know how many other parks are we maintaining for private landlords. My motion will also call on Council officials to carry out an inventory of Dublin's private parks and squares maintained by City Council to ascertain who legally owns these parks & squares and to obtain appropriate legal title, including exercising Council's power of compulsory acquire title, over the ownership of these maintained parks & squares.'

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on Management, "to initiate the legal proceedings as soon as possible and ensure that private parks become a thing of the past in today's Dublin." ENDS

For further information call Cllr. Daithí Doolan 086-8534666.

Emergency Motion reads:

In light of the issues concerning Dartmouth Square and to protect public access to all parks & squares maintained by Dublin City Council. This Council resolves:

a) To carry out an inventory of Dublin's private parks and squares maintained by City Council

b) Ascertain who legally owns these parks & squares,

c) To obtain appropriate legal title, including exercising Council's power of compulsory acquire title, over the ownership of these maintained parks & squares

d) To use Compulsory Purchase Orders on any other private parks or squares with a view to opening them up to the public.

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