It’s been almost 7 months since the proposed sale of the former Magdalene Laundry Site on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1 to a Japanese hotelier was formally rejected by Dublin City Council. The development of the site however, remains stalled despite being in public ownership.

Commenting on the delay, Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate in the North Inner City, Brian Mohan said, “When launched in 2017, the Government’s report concerning the regeneration of the North East Inner City very clearly set out the need to renovate the former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street.

“While the proposed sale of the building and surrounding land to a private corporation was not ideal, the local community were confident that by encouraging elected representatives to reject it last September, the Local Authority would be spurred to act.

“The fact that City Officials have let months go by without producing an alternative plan to fully utilise the space is frustrating especially as the city’s housing crisis rolls on.

“The site presents a crucial opportunity to alleviate the demand on housing by using at least a portion of the land to build public, affordable housing for couple and families in Dublin 1.

“Leaving this historical site idle and dilapidated flies in the face of the State’s commitment to honour to memory of the hundreds of women who were incarcerated and the suffering they endured there. The survivors of institutional abuse are yet to be remembered at this site or represented by a fitting memorial as promised.

“Locals have become understandably frustrated and cynical about the long list of promises extended to them but never delivered upon – the renovation of the Magdalene site is one example.

“The economic, social regeneration of the North Inner City is a priority and one I will actively pursue if elected to Dublin City Council this May.”