Tallaght, the largest town of South Dublin, was built in the early 1970s. Locals say it is as big as Limerick but it does not have shopping, recreational or other vital facilities.

In the 1970s Dublin Corporation and Dublin County Council prepared plans for a Tallaght town centre to include shops, a health centre and other much needed amenities. While the sod turning ceremony took place for the new town centre, no fixed date has been set for work to begin. 

Members of the The Workers' Party picketed the sod turning ceremony accusing it of being a public relations exercise. Fine Gael senator Larry McMahon agreed with them. He attended the ceremony only to find a contractor had not been appointed, nor was there a starting date for the development. He therefore refused to attend the reception following the ceremony.

Chairman of Dublin County Council Ray Burke is disappointed with the dissenters and promised the development would go ahead as the people of Tallaght have had to wait for too long for proper town centre.

Today after all these years of delay, work has started and it’s a fine day for the people of Tallaght.

An RTÉ News report by Michael Ronayne broadcast on 12 December 1985.