The redevelopment of Dublin's Temple Bar is underway but there is debate over the renewal and retention of buildings.
The building of a new £100 million village in Dublin's city centre with three hotels, two hundred shops, forty restaurants, and homes for two thousand people.
It's a massive construction operation.
The construction work has already created five thousand jobs, the development faces some
opposition. Four people occupied buildings in the area which are due to be demolished. Councillor Ciaran
Cuffe of the Green Party would like to see as many buildings as possible refurbished rather than demolished.
Temple Bar Properties who are overseeing the development claim that they have gone to great lengths
to preserve buildings where possible. However, they insist that some of the buildings are unsafe
and have to go.
Laura Magahy Managing Director of Temple Bar Properties says,
The problem with the buildings on the quays is that they are dangerous.
The protesters have given up their short lived occupation and the buildings now continue to be
demolished. However, they are now focusing their attention on what they see as inconsistencies in
the planning applications for the area of Temple Bar.
Temple Bar Properties say.
Their £100 million development plan is rebuilding, renewing, and restoring character to what was originally, essentially a derelict site.
An RTÉ News reports on 6 May 1993. The reporter is Paul Reynolds.