Monday 5 December 2016

We're in danger of making a total mess of our beautiful city

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

An aerial view of the Poolbeg Peninsula, including the vacant Irish Glass Bottle site
An aerial view of the Poolbeg Peninsula, including the vacant Irish Glass Bottle site

One of the unique features of our capital city is its proximity to the sea and the mountains. We have a special relationship with both, walking and cycling close to nature.

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The welcome announcement of 3,000 houses on the Irish Glass Bottle site will invigorate our residential community and provide . . . who knows? Affordable housing? The site is particularly interesting, with a canal basin and proximity to the seashore and the city centre.

What had been an industrial site in Ringsend became the jewel in the crown during the race to the bottom of the boom. The 24-acre site was sold by Paul Coulson of Ardagh Group to a consortium led by Bernard McNamara for €412m.

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