Friday 23 August 2019

Controversial Magdalene apartment plan 'a tragedy'

'The site's use as a Magdalene Laundry ceased in 1992 and the new plan is for 44 apartments in three separate apartment blocks' (stock photo)
'The site's use as a Magdalene Laundry ceased in 1992 and the new plan is for 44 apartments in three separate apartment blocks' (stock photo)

Gordon Deegan

Plans by Pembroke Partnership Ltd to construct an apartment block complex on the site of a former Magdalene Laundry in Donnybrook are facing opposition.

One of four to operate in Dublin, the Magdalene Laundry at the Crescent in Donnybrook Village accommodated between 100 and 120 women.

In 2017 a previous 25-unit residential plan was withdrawn and the applicants for the revised plan say a subsequent archaeological dig at the site uncovered no burials. The site's use as a Magdalene Laundry ceased in 1992 and the new plan is for 44 apartments in three separate apartment blocks.

Consultants Tom Philips & Associates say "the proposal has been approached and designed in a manner that is respectful of its past and also to the structures of significance on site".

In his submission, Dr Brendan Tangney of the Crescent, Donnybrook pointed out that a number of developments are taking place in the village and said "it is negligent in the extreme for the council to allow this very intense spurt of activity to proceed on an ad-hoc development by development basis".

Paula Murphy, of the Crescent, Donnybrook, said "it is a tragedy that all that can be considered in this day and age is to demolish the building and use it as a source of making money".

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