Controversial road plan parked until September

by Mark O'Brien

THE potential removal of the controversial planned road through St Catherine’s Park has been delayed until at least September.
A motion to remove the indicative road from the Fingal County Development Plan was brought before the full council meeting of Fingal County Council on Monday by Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab).
A large group of campaigners attended the meeting and watched from the public gallery.
The motion was brought at the end of the meeting – however, not all councillors who wanted to speak on the motion had the opportunity to do so, meaning voting on it was suspended until September when the council meets again.
The indicative road has proved controversial as it would run through the public park.
In support of the motion, Cllr McCamley said: “The park is an amenity area which is protected and is absolutely vital to the enormous population of Dublin 15, Lucan and Kildare that enjoy [the] amenity.”
Cllr Tania Doyle (SOL) also voiced her support for the motion, pointing out that there were also environmental issues to consider.
She said: “I have a solid record in calling for housing and infrastructure but thoroughly believe that we must have the tandem approach of protection of the environment.”
Cllr Matt Waine (SOL) pointed out that the indicative road had not initially appeared on the Fingal maps and, had it done so, he was confident that no councillor would have approved of it.
This opinion was echoed by Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF), who added: “It’s a wonderful, wonderful facility and the amount of investment that has gone in there has created a real bonus for people, not just in Dublin 15 but in the surrounding areas.”
Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (GR) reminded councillors from other parts of Fingal that St Catherine’s Park is a regional park, which means the same status as Ardgillen and Malahide Castles and Demesnes.
He said: “I think it is really important for our north county colleagues to remember this because that’s why there is so much upset, so much concern, so much outrage about this particular proposal.”
In spite of the meeting being extended by 10 minutes, this was deemed insufficient time for councillors to discuss the motion, so the decision was taken to revisit it at the next full council meeting in September.
Campaigners expressed their disappointment at the delay and say they plan to hold a further meeting on the issue on Tuesday, July 18 in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip.

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