Minister must provide details of the archaeological finds at former Cosgrave Lands – Lahart

Published on: 18 April 2019

Local Fianna Fáil TD and party Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart has called on the Minister for Arts and Heritage to detail the significance of the archaeological discoveries made at the former Cosgrave Lands at Scholarstown in Knocklyon and for a full report to be published.

The Deputy raised the matter in Dáil Éireann this evening for the second time this week in an attempt to get answers from the Minister for Arts and Heritage.

He said, “The former Liam Cosgrave Lands on Scholarstown Road have previously been known to be acres of prime residential zoned land on the foot of the Dublin Mountains. Following the sale of the site historical and medieval remains and structures were discovered.  The developer has since, in a pre-planning phase with South Dublin County Council, sought the provision of in excess of 600 units of housing on the site.

“The archaeological examination which was carried out on the site last year determined that there is a Ringfort containing skeletal remains dated between 617 and 688 AD. The site itself is believed to be an enclosed settlement and cemetery with a significant number of burials.

“Ardstone Homes own Archaeologist, Archer Heritage Planning, has set out that this site is of “medium high significance” in the archaeological report it submitted to South Dublin County Council. The use of this land is a matter of concern locally particularly knowing what has been discovered and the value and heritage it potentially has for the area.

“It has proven immensely difficult to obtain any details from the Minister for Arts and Heritage, Josepha Madigan TD regarding the significance or otherwise of this site.  In two brief Parliamentary responses, the Minister has said a report WILL be compiled – and in her response to me in the Dáil she stated that the finds were not unique – while the developer’s own report submitted to the Council state that they are regarded as medium high significance. “I am merely trying to determine what the Government’s view is on the development of a site of such archaeological significance to avoid any room for error.

 “Some determination must be reached soon as to the significance of these finds because the developer is clearly seeking to apply for planning permission for a colossal development of housing. Local residents need to know before there is any decision by SDCC to consider a planning application.”

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