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Docklands development must not leave communities behind – McDonald

3 December, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Dublin Central TD, Mary Lou McDonald, has welcomed news of NAMA plans to develop the docklands. However Deputy McDonald has stressed that the needs of local communities must be given prime consideration.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The development of the docklands as a hub in the city of Dublin is a welcome thing. The disasters of the last Dublin Docklands Authority must not be repeated. Development in the Docklands must be balanced and in tune with the needs of local communities and the city as a whole.

“However, the record of this government is that they’re good on rhetoric and bad at delivery. In the past development of the docklands, communities were very much left behind – this cannot happen again.

“Those developers who might build in the Docklands again, but who have left behind them disasters like Longboat Quay, need to make good their shoddy work. It’s not good enough for the government to allow these same characters build big commercial ventures and at the same time allow residents, as in Longboat Quay, struggle with the consequences of their second-rate building.

“This cannot be a bonanza for big developers – there has to be a win in this for communities – that hasn’t been the experience to date. Michael Noonan, instead of making big, blustery statements should be instructing NAMA to deliver social and affordable housing.”

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