Plans for memorial for abuse victims have been refused
PLANS for a memorial for victims of abuse have been refused by the planning appeals board.
An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a memorial in Dublin's Garden of Remembrance because it would have an "adverse impact" on the Garden, which honours the struggle for Irish Independence.
Permission was granted for the €500,000 "Journey of Light" memorial by Dublin City Council last May, but appealed to the board.
The design was chosen by a Government-appointed committee following a recommendation contained in the Ryan Report.
It involved building a tunnel in the wall behind the Children of Lir statute which would create a new entrance from Parnell Street.
The tunnel would be lit at night, and a water feature would be included.
A two-day hearing before the Board was held in September.
In its ruling, the board said the design and conception of the memorial, and the new opening, would "detract from the architectural coherence of the space, would damage its legibility and would significantly transform the nature of the space from that which was originally conceived".
The Garden of Remembrance was a State memorial used for ceremonial occasions, and was of national importance, and the memorial would impact on its setting.
"It is considered that, notwithstanding the importance of the creation of a memorial to commemorate the victims of institutional abuse, the proposed development would have an adverse impact on the setting, character and function of the Garden of Remembrance," it said.
"The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area."