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SF leader calls for fundamental rethink following Carlton Site planning rejection

13 August, 2009

Development of 1916 historical and cultural quarter urged

Sinn Féin leader on Dublin City Council Larry O’Toole has described An Bord Pleanála’s decision ask the developers on the Carlton Site on O’Connell Street to go back to the drawing board as a “very welcome development.”

Councillor O’Toole said, “For many years people were very concerned about the scale and type of development that had been planned for this site and the surrounding area. People were also very concerned about the impact it would have on what is probably one of the most important historical locations in our Capital city.

“The rejection by An Bord Pleanála of this plan in its current form should allow us all to take a breadth and come to a consensus about what is best not only in terms of redeveloping the derelict sites but also what is in the long-term best interests of the people of Dublin and indeed Ireland.

“It is arguable that the original plans which included a huge supply of commercial, retail and residential properties would have come to nothing given the current state of the economy and the oversupply of properties across the city. Instead of looking at derelict sites for years to come we could have been left looking at empty buildings.

“We have a opportunity to go back to the drawing board and come up with plans that could mark a new beginning for Dublin City. We can use it as an opportunity to develop a grand scale cultural and historical quarter off the main thoroughfare that would be linked to the GPO. We could reinstate No 16 Moore Street and surrounding buildings as the definitive 1916 Museum and interpretative centre.

“In a time of recession and depression it is this type of long-term vision and planning and investment that is needed. Building a major visitor attraction in the heart of the city will pay for itself in the long term. It would be a far better use of public monies than throwing it in to our dysfunctional banks through the ill-considered NAMA project.” ENDS

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