A development plan for Carrickmines in Dublin is being opposed by local residents.
Monarch GRE Properties has plans for a housing development in the Carrickmines Valley which are proving controversial with local and environmentalists. Carrickmines has one of the last significant banks of development land available in south county Dublin. The land was bought for in excess of £10.5 million by development company Monarch GRE Properties.
In order to recoup their investment the company plans to build 956 houses, an office park, a village centre, and 60 acres of public parkland, all providing 1,000 permanent jobs and 800 construction jobs.
Monarch insists the development plan is sensitive to the surroundings and will preserve local heritage and trees will be cut. Richard Lynn of Monarch GRE defends the project saying,
The plan that we have brought forward is the best one for the local community.
The resident's associations, however, dismiss these claims and oppose the development. John Varian of the Carrickmines Valley Preservation Society, argues that there is already adequate construction of housing going on in the area.
The decision as to whether the development goes ahead now lies with Dublin County Council.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 May 1992. The reporter is Paul Reynolds.