Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader, Senator Catherine Ardagh has said the Drimnagh Area Development Plan must be revisited for the true potential of the locality to be fully realised.

The Crumlin based Senator who is also a General Election Candidate in Dublin South Central raised the matter in the Seanad this week.

Senator Ardagh said, “It’s been a decade since Dublin City Council first highlighted the need for proper, more suitable amenities in Drimnagh and to deliver on fully servicing potential development sites in the area. At that time, the Local Authority spent €140,000 on drafting the Drimnagh Area Development Plan, which was then shelved.

“Drimnagh is an area that makes up a very central and lively part of our capital with a sizable population of roughly 12,000 people.

“There are a number of useful sites along the canal on Davitt Road and near Crumlin Shopping Centre that could be utilised to develop much needed housing development in the capital. With good planning and sustained investment, Drimnagh could become an even better part, more vibrant of our city.

“The development plan that has been left gather dust must be put back on the local and national agenda and I have emphasised this directly with the Minister in the Seanad.

She concluded, “The council need to revisit its plan for the true potential of Drimnagh to be realised.”