City council blows €40m 'on failed projects'
DUBLIN City Council has wasted more than €40m of taxpayers money on failed mega-projects that contravened its own planning bylaws, the state heritage body claims.
In a scathing attack on planning applications it supported, An Taisce has accused Dublin City Council (DCC) of wasting vast amounts of taxpayers' money by ignoring its own planning rules in 26 cases.
These included proposals for a 37-storey office tower in Ballsbridge and 16-storey inner-city hospital.
The report, entitled 'Planning in Dublin City, 2005-2012: A closer look at large-scale planning applications' claims that taxpayers must foot the €30m bill that it claims DCC wasted by supporting a bid to build the new National Children's Hospital at the site of the Mater hospital in north Dublin.
It also accused the council of "frittering away" another €10m of public money on 25 applications that have since been rejected for failing to comply with its own development plan.
However DCC, in a written statement issued last night, denied An Taisce's claims made in the report, saying its allegations were unfounded.