Thursday 22 February 2018

North Dublin residents protest against building of modular homes on site

New modular homes recently constructed in Ballymun
New modular homes recently constructed in Ballymun
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Residents in Finglas are protesting against the building of a modular estate in their area.

Members of the Finglas Action Group (FAG) have been blocking Dublin City Council (DCC) workers from entering the proposed site this morning.

"The people of Finglas welcome all people and all developments but we want proper planning," FAG's Sandra Devlin told RTE Radio 1.

"Each pilot plan is more experimental than the's completely unnatural...proper planning is being bypassed.

DCC made the plans for the modular housing - for families currently being put up in hotels - at the site off St Helena's Drive last October.

Ms Devlin said that residents in the area are concerned that anti-social behaviour in the area will be exacerbated with the "transient temporary estate".

"There is a childcare centre, two schools at that laneway. And a complex with senior citizens who are already suffering from anti-social behaviour," she said.

Construction contracts are due to be signed for 40 homes to be built later this year on the Finglas site.

The FAG protest follows a similar stand off by residents in Ballymun delaying the building of modular housing in the area.

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