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Sinn Féin to meet with Diageo on future of James Gate

9 May, 2008

Sinn Féin's South West Inner City Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh has today welcomed the opportunity to meet Diageo this afternoon to discuss the future possibilties for their site at St James Gate, Dublin. Cllr. Ni Dhalaigh demanded, "that a regeneration strategy be put in place before private developers simply grab the land and put nothing back."

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus O Snodaigh criticised Diageo for their attitude to the entire workforce in the company. Deputy O Snodaigh said " Despite the long traditional link that Guinness had with Dublin the actions of Diageo, since their purchase of the company, are typical of a multi national with no ties to the community who follow a purely profit driven motive with no regard for the consequences their actions have on the workforce, the residents and the surrounding area.

Cllr Ní Dhálaigh said: "Having proposed the motion at a recent City Council meeting to meet with Diageo, I welcome the opportunity today to meet with Diageo before the company makes any decision on what they intend to do with the St James' Gate site.We need to ensure that any proposed changes are managed in the best interests of the local community.

"If the closure goes ahead we will need to act quickly. The Council will have the opportunity to develop 55 acres in the heart of Dublin's inner city. "It is vital we have our strategy in place before the developers have theirs. Sinn Fein is proposing a mixed development to provide jobs, social, affordable housing &

leisure facilities. This could be a great opportunity at the heart of Dublin's inner city. But it must be done with the interest of the community central to any plan.

"The development of the site needs to be integrated into the Liberties Regeneration Forum. A huge amount of work has been done by residents and community activists around radically altering and improving the Liberties area.

"The councillors and TDs representing the inner city cannot afford to sit and wait to be told what is going to happen. We need to come together, meet with Diageo, clarify what is going to happen and develop a strategy to deal with it." ENDS

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