Sunday 23 October 2016

RTÉ rejected request to site modular homes

Laura Larkin

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews

RTÉ rejected a request to provide space for modular homes for homeless families on its Donnybrook campus, the Irish Independent can reveal.

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The state broadcaster said building homes on its 31-acre Montrose site would interfere with the day-to-day running of RTÉ.

Some 500 modular homes are to be built around Dublin to ease the homelessness crisis.

On October 5, Sinn Féin councillor Chris Andrews wrote to RTÉ asking it to consider making land available on a temporary basis for the homes.

However, RTÉ's head of property and services, Paul Silke, responded three days later saying the request had been reviewed but the station had ruled out building any units.

"We feel it would seriously impede the day-to-day operation of RTÉ," Mr Silke wrote.

"The area surrounding our built facilities is in constant use for external filming for the various TV shows, including 'Fair City' and our new children's show 'Dig In' which encourages children to become involved with their own gardens.

"In addition, maintaining the security of the campus, already difficult due to its accessibility to the public, would become exponentially more difficult if we were to lose control of vehicular and pedestrian access," the letter reads.

He added that the site was already extremely busy, with more than 2,000 vehicle movements on an average day, with no drainage, roads, footpaths, or power in place to service such a proposal.

Mr Andrews said he was dissatisfied with the response and asked RTÉ to reconsider.

"It's a very big site and it's clearly underutilised," he added.

Irish Independent

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