Thursday 19 September 2019

Save green space: Residents angry over loss of allotments

Green fingers: Conn and Dymphna Cooney have used their allotment in Weaver Square for eight years. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Green fingers: Conn and Dymphna Cooney have used their allotment in Weaver Square for eight years. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

Residents living in one of the most developed parts of Dublin are protesting against the demolition of a community garden and allotments for rapid build social housing.

The Weaver Square Community Group, in the Liberties, have nurtured the area for the past seven years and are campaigning to save it. They say the Liberties has the lowest amount of green space in Dublin city.

Residents said Dublin City Council (DCC) notified them they'd be "locked out" of the 182sqm site on December 31.

Richard Stearn, from the community group, said: "There are other sites that could be used to build."

Sam Moore (40) and his wife Emily (35) use the allotments with children Colm (4) and Iris (2). "This is the only nearby green space where I can take the children to meet other families, to teach them how to grow food," Mr Moore said. DCC said the land had always been intended for housing.

Irish Independent

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