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Priory Hell


Environment, Local Issues

Priory Hell was displayed on many posters on Saturday’s demonstration by the families and supporters of the Priory Hall residents, who were forced to evacuate their homes one year ago this week.  It was generally accepted by those in attendance that failure of Government and Council has played a huge role in the plight of the Priory Hall evacuees.

Demonstration at Priory Hall October 2012

Speaking to the crowd at Saturday’s protest, outside the railings of their former homes, Graham Usher, of the campaign group, described how the system had failed them.  For the last twelve months, 256 residents have been in limbo with regard to the homes they purchased from developer Tom McFeely.  Usher was eager to stress that it was too simplistic to merely point the finger at McFeely, who walked away scot free from this debacle.  The government, banks, and city council have all been complicit in the speculation that drove the housing boom.   
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Responding to the advertisements for Haven which have emerged over the last week, claiming, “the people of Haiti would love to pay water charges”, ULA TD Clare Daly has slammed the campaign as a “cynical exercise in softening Irish attitudes to water charges by those with a vested interest”
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Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Environment

Correspondence between Waterways Ireland and Developer Regarding Lowtown Marina “are neither genuine nor authentic”, “in the opinion of Waterways Ireland”.

Waterways Ireland have written to the office of Clare Daly TD in relation to controversial emails previously highlighted by our office which appeared to show a cosy relationship between a Waterways Ireland official and a developer in relation to Lowtown Marina in Naas (See August Posting).
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Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Environment

Responding to leaked e mail correspondence between Waterways Ireland and Developer Ian Brabazon regarding the latters intentions to develop Lowtown Marina in Naas Clare Daly TD said:

“It would appear from this correspondence that the publicity arising from the active opposition of current long time residents of the marina (see press statement below from last March) delayed the efforts of Waterways Ireland to drive these people out.

“The informality and cosiness in the correspondence between a Waterways Ireland official and developer Ian Brabazon is disturbing and in stark contrast to the near complete lack of engagement by Waterways Ireland and the residents at the Marina and likewise their refusal to talk to my office about this case.

“The rights of the current residents are paramount and the efforts by the developer and Waterways Ireland to turn this Marina into a playground for the rich should be opposed.”

see also March 20th 2012 Lowtown Marina, Naas – barge dweller evictions