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Friday 23 August 2019

Officials left stone-faced as foundation plaque breaks at unveiling

The broken foundation stone at the unveiling of 84 new social homes in Clongriffin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
The broken foundation stone at the unveiling of 84 new social homes in Clongriffin. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Allison Bray

The unveiling of a foundation stone to mark the construction of a new social housing development wasn't all it was cracked up to be when a gust of wind knocked the slab out of position and it ruptured.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha had just de-camped to a marquee for refreshments when the incident occurred at the site of the Iveagh Trust and Gannon Homes development in Clongriffin, north Dublin, yesterday.

Newstalk reporter Sean Defoe, who was covering the announcement of the 84 new social homes and standing beside the slab, said: "Along comes a big gust of wind and it cracked in half. It was perfect."

While the dignitaries were blissfully unaware of the apparent 'Act of God', at the time, the incident left officials at the event a bit stone-faced as they quickly hauled the slab over a fence and out of sight.

A spokesman for the Iveagh Trust said: "These things happen. No one is taking it too seriously."

Workers quickly take the stone away. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
Workers quickly take the stone away. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Irish Independent

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