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Land sale must be halted-Doolan

13 September, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has demanded, "that the sale of the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend to be halted pending the completion of the Poolbeg Framework Plan."

Speaking from Ringsend, Cllr. Doolan said:

"If this auction is allowed to go ahead on October 25th it flies in the face of City Council's attempt to produce an effective framework plan for the area. This land on the Poolbeg Peninsula is one of the last remaining land banks in the city. We cannot simply allow it to be sold to the highest bidder and allow a free for all to take place. I will certainly be bringing pressure to bear on both Dublin Port Company & South Wharf plc to postpone the sale of this land‚."

Cllr. Doolan explains, "no one doubts the need to develop this part of Dublin. For years it was scene as the dumping ground for the city. But we must ensure that any development is done with the best interest of the community at heart. I will be demanding that any development:

  • guarantees at least 25% social and affordable housing for the local community
  • no developer should be allowed buy their way out of that clause
  • the development of this site must be socially, environmentally and economically sustainable
  • must contain play areas, crèches, public transport and green space.

"Simply selling off land to the highest bidder and allowing a concrete jungle develop is not the solution to the cities housing needs. The attempt to sell this land is clearly undermining the authority of Dublin City council who have already produced a draft Southbank/Poolbeg Framework Plan."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded, "the Dublin Port Company and South Wharf to urgently meet with local Councillors to discuss how we can resolve the matter." ENDS

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