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Memorial for abuse victims to be blocked

PLANS for a memorial to honour abuse victims in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin could be blocked.

Approval was granted for the development by Dublin City Council but the Irish Georgian Society (IGS) is set to fight the decision.

It said it "strongly disagrees" with the proposals, which include provision for a new landscaped civic area at the historic Parnell Square site.

The Garden commemorates those who died in pursuit of Irish freedom.

The new installation would be a tribute to children who suffered at the hands of religious orders.

The IGS lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala in the wake of the council's grant of permission but the move was ruled invalid on a technicality.

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However, the society is expected to resubmit the application within the six-week time limit.

If given final approval, the memorial will be built by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

It sought approval for a covered walkway connecting a new hard and soft landscaped civic area at the western end of the site. The new civic space would incorporate seating, water installations, feature lighting and sculptured elements.

Objecting to the plan, the Georgian society said Parnell Square is "one of the finest of Dublin's 18th century urban set pieces". It has the potential to "become a catalyst for regeneration in the city's North Georgian core", it added.

The memorial, which is "subterranean", would provide a "dank, unsafe space which will attract antisocial behaviour", the group's Emmeline Henderson stated.

Independent councillors Mannix Flynn and Nial Ring also objected to the plans.

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