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Positive Signs For Turning Derelict Dublin 8 Site Into Park!

Cork Street Park Derelict Site

The Dublin City Council (DCC) have passed a motion on Tuesday, November the 5th, that may potentially begin the process of allowing for a public park to be built on the derelict Cork Street/Chamber Street site in Dublin 8.

The Dublin South Central motion was passed in the name of Counciller Críona Ní Dhálaigh (Sinn Féin, South West Inner City) and was supported by Rebecca Moynihan (Labour, South West Inner City) and Pat Dunne (People Before Profit, Crumlin/Kimmage).

The Motion (PDF) proposes that… “Considering the severe lack of green and park space in the South West Inner City, City Council agrees that the derelict site on Chamber Street should be turned into a park for the community good, with some more allotments provided there”.

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This will put a stop to the DCC attempting to dispose of the site, and will finally begin to pave the way for it’s rezoning, in an effort to obtain a decent green space for the people of the South West inner city to enjoy.

Counciller Pat Dunne went further by admitting that… “All speakers criticised the Council for putting the site out to tender for development against the wishes of local councillors and more importantly against the wishes of the local community. I was particularly critical of the developer led poor planning of the Cork St. area. I also asked why money was wasted on advertising the disposal without first consulting local councillors”.

He went on to explain that… “The new City Manager (Owen P Keegan) quickly realised that it would be very difficult to push through a disposal based on our opposition to it and in summarising the debate stated that it was unlikely he would proceed with it”.

Rebecca Moynihan states that… “It was planned that they would be selling off the land early next year. This now won’t happen”.

The battle to rezone that land will now begin, and if that battle is won, after that it will be up to the Parks Department to obtain the required capital funding for the project. So whilst this is a major victory for the Dublin 8 residents who have been campaigning, there is still work to be done.

You can follow the Cork Street Park campaign on Facebook and on Twitter.

IMAGE: Derelict site on Chamber Street – image credit: Cork Street Park Campaign on

5 Responses

  1. Mikel says:

    Oh yeah!

    This is good for the community, this is good for Dublin!

  2. Jen M says:

    Beautiful news! Well done to all activists involved 🙂

  3. Ricardo de Souza says:

    Warm wishes to the community of Dublin 8, hope everyones enjoys the new park

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