Plans to build a nursing home on an historic Clondalkin site have been met with furious objections from angry locals.

Last September developer Bartra Healthcare submitted plans for a four story 155 bed nursing home and a smaller 14-bed unit on the grounds of the Presentation Convent in Clondalkin village.

Over 50 people objected to various aspects of the original proposal siting the loss of the antique stone wall on Convent Rd, to the planned brick finish on the nursing home and the height of the proposed building as just some of the reasons given for opposition to the plans.

Locals say they were shocked when notified late last week that additional information requested by the council had been received and the closing date for submissions was Wednesday this week.

Up to 70 people attended an emergency meeting in the Laurels Pub on Bank Holiday Monday night to discuss a collective response to the latest stage of the application.

The meeting was chaired by local councillor Breeda Bonner and Clondalkin Tidy Towns committee member Eoin O Broin.

Outgoing councillor Bonner explained to Dublin Gazette why locals are so angry.

“The time frame for submissions is impossibly short, hence the meeting last night,” she told Dublin Gazette.

“I share the concerns expressed by residents in relation to the destruction of a valuable heritage site in the very heart of our historic village; of the threat to a very important ecosystem which contains numerous very old trees, a nesting place for swifts which is perhaps the last in this part of Dublin, a colony of bats and a living, breathing green heart in the centre of our village; of the traffic and parking problems which would attend this development because of the loss of the parking facility in the church yard for the church run schools directly adjacent to the site;

“While I am stepping back from elected politics I intend to remain active on this issue.”

Patrick Ging, chairman of Clondalkin History Society, described how Clondalkin had already lost so much heritage “due to inadequate planning and supervision from South Dublin County Council.”

Former Labour party TD, Robert Dowds said the meeting reminded him of a meeting in May 2004 opposing the construction of an apartment block behind the Clondalkin Round Tower.

That meeting led to the ‘Rally Around the Tower’ movement which brought about the Brú Chrónáin Heritage Centre at the Round Tower.

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Trevor Gilligan, who was also in attendance, told Dublin Gazette why he opposed the plans.

“I think this planning app has been brought forward in an underhand manner,” he said.

“Local councillors were not informed, luckily, I found out through Facebook.

“I oppose this development, living on Boot Road, this will have a huge impact on traffic.

“It would be better of the applicants consulted with local residents and asked us what we wanted.

 “I oppose the current proposals and would ask the planning department in SDCC to do the same.”