It has been reported this week that the plans to develop Phibsborough Shopping Centre in Dublin 7 are under threat due to a dispute between the developer and supermarket chain, Tesco.

Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has written to Dublin City Council today to request that it initiate mediation by extending an invite to senior representatives from Tesco as well as the site’s developer with the objective of finding a way forward for the project.

“It is disappointing that the sites developer has yet to secure buy-in for their plans from the anchor tenant. Fact is that the longer this impasse continues without intervention residents and businesses continue to suffer,” she said.

“While I have previously objected to elements of the plan, I certainly wouldn’t wish for this whole project to be shelved. In my view this site presented a unique opportunity to revive a neglected city village and make it a quality, sustainable urban centre where people of all ages can live, work and socialise.

“But that said, any meaningful attempt to regenerate this dilapidated, run down eyesore has worth and even more so if our Local Authority fully engages with its developer to advocate for the needs of nearby residents. Dublin City Council cannot look on as the design mistakes of the past are potentially repeated on a prime urban site in the heart of an otherwise vibrant community.

“As the lead developer with Bohemians on the Dalymount site, the Council can have significant influence on the future of this Shopping Centre if they properly liaise with each of the other key stakeholders. I have written to the Deputy Chief Executive, Brendan Kenny this morning to request that talks are entered into for an agreement to be urgently reached in this dispute over the plan’s design.”