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Morgan - Theme park madness would destroy North Dublin

28 August, 2003


Commenting on reports of plans to develop a 2000 acre theme park in North Dublin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. has described the plans as "hair brained" and "worthy of an April fools joke."

Deputy Morgan said, "Developers behind the reported proposed theme park in North Dublin need to come out in the open and state clearly what their plans are. Is this just a Trojan horse to have vast tracts of agricultural land rezoned by Fingal County Council for development?

"The astronomical size of this proposed development (2000 acres), dwarfs the size of Disneyland in Paris which according to their website covers only 56 hectares (138.4 acres).

"Any threat of massive development in North Dublin is deeply worrying. The market gardeners of the area produce 40% of vegetables grown in Ireland. It is incredible that anyone would even consider bulldozing rural communities and villages on the edge of Dublin such as Ballyboughal in order to create an artificial environment with the population and needs of a major town.

"Too many planning mistakes have been made in the past. Dublin has been allowed to sprawl well beyond its natural limits. This development would perpetuate the problem. Even looking at one element of that proposal the question arises, where would the 25,000 employees live? Will they be commuting from distant towns in the midlands and west or will they be added to thousands struggling to find housing in Dublin.

"Such a development, as reported in the media, would be incompatible with the supposed commitment of government to sustainable development. The proposed size of the scheme is just hair-brained in the extreme and worthy of an April fools joke and should be ruled out of order immediately. If developers are serious about building a Theme Park then a realistic plan on an alternative scale needs to be brought forward." ENDS

about building a Theme Park then a realistic plan on an alternative scale needs to be brought forward." ENDS

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