Fianna Fáil Press Office
Mary Fitzpatrick
Dublin Central

10 December 2015

Rejection of Phibsborough Local Area Plan a major set-back  – Fitzpatrick

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick has described the rejection of the Phibsborough Local Area Plan (LAP) at the meeting of Dublin City Council earlier this week as a major set-back for the area.

“It is a body blow to the local community, to the many residents and voluntary groups who worked so hard for many years and it also a huge waste of public funds. There is major upset in the area that this has happened.

“It was with dismay and significant disappointment that I watched the Phibsborough LAP be rejected by Councillors at City Hall this week. Like many others I was deeply involved and supportive of the first LAP and succeeded at getting a replacement LAP in place before I finished my term last year as a City Councillor.

“Watching the webcast it is clear that the last minute introduction of an unannounced and uncirculated amendment introduced a level of confusion and uncertainty which I believe led to the plan being rejected by one vote. Considering the potential of the area, the needs of the area and the time, effort and public money spent over many years on the plan it is now truly unacceptable that when the economy is beginning to pick-up DCC would abandon the LAP.

“I have asked that the City manager take immediate action to ensure all the work, material and content of the LAP is not wasted and a statutory LAP is put in place as soon as possible for Phibsborough.  I have also requested he meet with representatives of the Shandon Residents Association to discuss the LAP and the development of Dalymount,” she added.

Ms Fitzpatrick went on to say that while it was welcome that DCC has said it is going to meet with residents, she was adamant that DCC should not try to fob residents off with a watered down plan that will serve our community poorly.

“Phibsborough both needs and deserves a proper statutory Local Area Plan.  We should not be short changed. Phibsborough should not be treated as a second class part of the city. Getting a small number of residents in a room on their own is no substitute for full public consultation.”