A schoolhouse in Glasnevin may be saved from future demolition as it was added to an emergency motion to add it to the list of protected structures was passed on Monday.

The much-loved schoolhouse, which dates back to the 19th Century, had been put up for auction by the Office of Public Works after being deemed “surplus to requirement”, as reported last week by Dublin Gazette.

The site had been zoned for a residential development under the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022, as listed on the auctioneer’s website.

The surrounding land of the schoolhouse, which was also up for sale, measures around 16 hectares.

It was scheduled to be auctioned off on Tuesday evening; however, at the monthly meeting of Dublin City councillors, an emergency motion was passed to instruct the city manager to initiate a Record of Protected Structures assessment on the building, aiming to add the school to the list of protected structures.

The emergency motion was put forward by Cllr John Lyons (PBP).

A protest was held outside the Conrad hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, where the auction of the land was taking place, organised by local group Dublin North West Housing Action, and was attended by concerned locals and councillors, including Cllr Andrew Keegan (PBP).

Other land owned by the OPW in Dublin city centre was also being sold off in the auction.