Tuesday 17 September 2019

Is it time to leave leafy Donnybrook?

Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Many in RTÉ may baulk at suggestions that they should move out of their leafy Dublin 4 campus in Donnybrook, but a move has been actively considered.

The 30-acre Montrose site is worth millions of euro. Property valuers reckon that up to 3,000 apartments as well as offices and a shopping centre could be built on the site if it was sold, with a possible price of up to €300m, according to some optimistic estimates.

The recent NewEra report on RTÉ found that 40pc of the site is either undeveloped or used as a car park.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, who had responsibility for broadcasting as Minister for Communications, believes RTÉ should move to the O'Connell Street area of Dublin. "Returning back to its roots in the city centre would energise that area of the city and also RTÉ.

"With new technology you don't need huge studios. There is no need for massive car parks. Google have 5,000 people in the city centre, and they only have 20 car parking spaces. If they can do it, RTÉ can do it"

Sinn Féin councillor Chris Andrews recently wrote to RTÉ asking them to make some of their land available to house homeless families.

The state broadcaster rejected the suggestion, on the grounds that it would impede its operations, including the filming of Fair City.

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