Campaigners hope to mobilise public opinion and save Clondalkin Convent

by Padraig Conlon

A local group have vowed to fight controversial plans to build on an historic Clondalkin site.

The Save Clondalkin Convent campaign was launched on Tuesday on Convent Road outside the Presentation Convent.

The campaign is a broad coalition of resident’s associations and community groups with cross party-political support that wants to save the historic Clondalkin Convent from a current development proposal from Bartra Property and the Presentation Sisters.

Back in May, South Dublin County Council gave Bartra the go ahead to build a four story 155 bed nursing home and a smaller 14-bed unit on the grounds of the Convent in Clondalkin village.

Despite 50 objections to various aspects of the original proposal being lodged, the council granted the developers planning permission.

Local campaigners say the planned development would completely obscure the Convent and undermine the important heritage of the village.

They also argue that the proposal would have a very significant negative impact on adjoining schools, residential areas and Clondalkin village traffic.

Breeda Bonner from Save Clondalkin Convent told Dublin Gazette what the group aims to achieve.

“While the development proposal has been approved by South Dublin County Council an appeal is currently with An Board Pleanála,” she said.

“Notwithstanding the appeal process, Save Clondalkin Convent, hopes to mobilise public opinion in opposition to the current proposal and to encourage the Presentation Sisters to meet with the group and discuss more appropriate plans for this site that would meet the needs of both the Presentation Sisters and the wider community.”

Local Independent Councillor Francis Timmons is also hoping the proposed development does not go ahead.

“I am opposed to the scale of development in front of the Convent beside Clondalkin Church,” he said.

“The development does not enhance the area and will destroy one of our local historic sites.

“I plead with the presentation nuns to engage with elected representatives and the local community.’’

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