Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader, Senator Catherine Ardagh has said the residents of Dublin 8 have already suffered losses in community resources such as the Dublin Food Co-Op and the use of Newmarket Square and should not now be faced with losing Weaver Square.

The Crumlin based Senator was commenting following her attendance at last Saturday’s arranged meet up at Weaver’s Square Allotment Site.

Senator Ardagh said, “The Liberties and the entire Dublin 8 area is densely populated but has the lowest proportion of green space in the whole of Dublin city. Local residents in Dublin 8 are justifiably very concerned about the future of one of the last remaining green space in our urban neighbourhood.

“Weaver Square Community Garden and the 27 allotments are of great benefit to very many families and people living locally. Community green spaces provide social, recreational and community based activity for people of all abilities.

“I am the first to advocate for urgently required sustainable housing in our area, just this week I raised that issue in the Seanad, but private property development cannot always be given the go ahead at the expense of the needs of existing residents.

“The Local Authority’s first ever Dublin City Parks Strategy 2017-2022 specifies it’s vision as ‘growing towards a greener and more liveable Dublin City.’ Worse again, it in fact acknowledges that the current provision of open space and overall greening in the Liberties ‘is poor.’ These statements are both clearly at odds with their planned action on Weaver’s Square.

“There was a severe shortage of green park space when this strategy was derived and it will be non-existent if this planned closure of Weaver Square Gardens goes ahead.

Senator Ardagh concluded, “I hope to see the whole community get behind this important campaign to have a say on the future environment of the area and that there will be excellent support at both upcoming events.”