A derelict property in Lucan is set to be converted into a 119-bed nursing home facility.
Despite calls for Glenwood House to be demolished following the murder of schoolgirl Ana Kriegel in 2018 at the derelict property, Fingal County Council recently granted permission to Sherborough Properties for the protected structure off St Catherine’s Park in Dublin.
Ana’s body was discovered there three days after the 14-year-old went missing in May 2018. In 2019, two 14-year-olds, identified in court only as Boy A and Boy B, were jailed over Ana’s murder.
At the time then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led calls for Glenwood House to be torn down. He said of the farmhouse near Lucan: “It’s very hard to pass that building without thinking of what happened there.
“It is not in my view a building of enormous architectural merit and I would like to see the designation lifted by the council and to have that building demolished.”
Planning permission was granted in 2016 for a 62-bed nursing home but a fresh application for a bigger project was lodged, although it was refused a year later.
The latest planning decision allows for partial retention of the dilapidated country manor on 105 acres which was built around 1800.