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Council should push ahead with housing development at Blackglen Road - SF

12 May, 2006

South Dublin Sinn Féin candidate for the general election Shaun Tracey has called on Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council to push ahead with the planned social housing development on the Blackglen Road at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.  Mr. Tracey described the opposition to the development on the grounds of the link to Countess Markievicz as a “cynical exploitation of the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 rising.”

He said, “Currently 2,699 families are on the housing waiting list in DL/RD and many people are suffering appalling housing conditions in places like Rosemount in Dundrum and Laurel Avenue in Loughlinstown.  The council must provide quality social housing for all of these families without any further delay.

“The argument, put forward by the ‘not in our backyard brigade’, that the land at the Blackglen Road should be preserved because Countess Markievicz trained Na Fianna Éireann there smacks of political opportunism. It is a cynical exploitation of the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 rising.  This argument was not heard of until the commemorations and the debate about 1916 hit the headlines.

“Countess Markievicz also trained volunteers in Fairview but nobody battered an eyelid when they built the flats there. She was also an ambassador for the poor and I’m sure if she was alive today she would much rather see people being housed rather than some sort of memorial park in her honour. The most appropriate thing to do would be to go ahead with the development and name it after Countess Markievicz.  Maybe a memorial monument or plaque could also be incorporated into the plans.

“I am calling on Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council to push ahead with this development, to initiate more social housing developments and to properly implement Part 5 of the Planning Act to put an end to its shameful reputation as the worst Council in the Country for providing social housing.” ENDS

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