Tuesday 18 December 2018

Residents to protest over city house plan

Appeal: Aodhan O’Riordan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Appeal: Aodhan O’Riordan. Photo: Damien Eagers

Mark O'Reh

Angry residents will today protest over a massive development of almost 540 houses and apartments in the Dublin suburb of Raheny.

Under a fast-track planning scheme, the developer is seeking permission from An Bord Pleanála to build 104 houses and 432 apartments on land at St Paul's College.

Sports clubs in the area argue that the plan denies them access to pitches in St Paul's, whose owner, the Vincentians, has allowed use for many years.

The pitches are alongside the main avenue running through St Anne's Park - the second-largest park in Dublin. Clontarf GAA Club this week wrote to An Bord Pleanála opposing the plan.

It follows an objection by soccer club, Clontarf FC, which lodged its objection to the proposals earlier this month.

Among the chief objections is that traffic in the area will be unable to flow freely.

Local residents and politicians will take part in a 'March to Save St Anne's' at midday today at the Sybil Hill gate of the park.

Labour's Aodhan O'Riordan posted a Facebook video urging locals to attend the gathering this morning.

"Please come out and support this campaign against this proposed development in this much-loved green lung of the Northside.

"This park - St Anne's Park - means the world to local people and every city councillor and local representative is against this proposal," he said.

Six councillors representing the Clontarf ward sent a joint statement to the City's Area Manager outlining the objections to the development on Sybill Hill highlighting several issues including the threat to wildlife.

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