Scepticism greets latest plans to revamp Iveagh Market site

by Rachel Darcy

Plans have been lodged by developer Martin Keane for the long-abandoned Iveagh Market, which look set to transform the derelict building into a vibrant hub.

In September 2019, a Dublin City Council-commissioned report revealed that the markets were in an “advanced state of dereliction”, with repairs on the Edwardian building expected to cost upwards of €13 million before any redevelopment of the markets could begin.

Keane lodged the plans with Dublin City Council ahead of Christmas, The Times reported.

Among the plans for the revamp of the markets include the introduction of an artisan deli, a micro brewery, a micro distillery and a bakery.

There are also set to be two hotels and a hostel developed as part of the most recent plans for the Dublin 8 building.

However, despite news that Keane has lodged plans, several councillors are sceptical of any progress occurring on the markets in the near future.

Taking to Twitter in the wake of the news, Cllr Rebecca Moynihan (Lab) said: “This is not the first time Keane has said redevelopment is imminent but nothing has ever come to pass.

“He said back in 2017 he needed State subvention to develop the market.

“We have been here before. He had permission until 2017 to develop the site. Long after other developers were back in business.

“He did nothing. He allowed the site to fall into further dereliction.”

Cllr Moynihan had lodged a motion with Dublin City Council calling for it to take back control of the markets from Keane.

The developer was first given a lease to the markets in 1997 to develop the markets, with this renewed in 2004 with the promise that development would begin within 36 months of this lease being agreed upon.

Cllr Tina MacVeigh (PBP) also tweeted about the most recent development within the ongoing Iveagh Markets saga, saying: “Martin Keane still determined to make a fortune off the Iveagh Markets that he has let fall into terrible disrepair over two decades. Markets that belong to the people!”

Detailed plans from Keane had yet to appear on the planning section of the DCC website by the time of publication.

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