Speaking from Ballymun today, Independent Cllr for Ballymun, Noeleen Reilly welcomes the reintroduction of Ballymun Shopping Centre to market.
“The Ballymun Shopping Centre Site has for a long time been a huge bone of contention in Ballymun. So much was promised by developers during the Regeneration and none of it has materialised.”
Residents, she claimed, were left without a shopping centre as a result, the local economy was crushed and the heart of Ballymun was ripped out.
“The site was cleared in recent years and it was great that last year we were able to hold a number of short term events there over the summer months like the Circus and the Fun Fair.”
Cllr Reilly further added: “We now need to determine the long-term use of the land. It is such a key location in Ballymun and if developed in accordance with the needs of the area could really transform the town centre for the better.
“Two primary things we need in Ballymun are housing and retail. This site could be a good mix of both with each supporting each other as well as providing local jobs.”
She concluded: “The council advertising this land will give us a clear indication of what can be achieved in the coming years. Given its location to the M50 and Dublin Airport, it would be a great opportunity for any developer and I really welcome this move by Dublin City Council.”
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Feature photo: Cllr Noeleen Reilly (Ind) on the site of the former Ballymun Shopping Centre