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Dublin Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud opposes proposals to turn former Garda station at Whitehall into city mortuary

23 October, 2014

Dublin City Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has voiced strong opposition to proposals to convert the former Garda station at Whitehall into a city mortuary. In a formal objection sent to the Office of Public Works on October 16th 2014, Cllr Carney Boud expressed objection to the proposed use of the Garda station on a number of grounds.

The Sinn Féin elected representative stated:

“The Garda Station in its current state is not suitable to facilitate this type of use. To accommodate a city mortuary, the building would need extensive refurbishment and any major alterations to the building would be in breach of the preservation orders. A mortuary has specific needs in terms of its laboratory and water services and the suitability of the current underground services would be cause for concern”.

“In addition, local residents have also expressed strong opposition to the plans and their views must be respected. A listed building of this type should be firstly be considered for the use of the community, before anything else”

On the 21st of October this year Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud put forward a motion to the North West Area Committee stating that the Whitehall premises should be utilised for the benefit of the local community through the establishment of community resource facilities. The motion was agreed to by all Councillors and a letter detailing this will be issued to the Office of Public Works.

“A city mortuary is deserving of a purpose built facility and using a listed building is simply not appropriate. I strongly urge the OPW to take our objections seriously and to cease plans to refurbish the premises for this purpose. Whitehall Garda Station should be preserved for the use of the local community”

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