Dublin City Council has defended a compulsory purchase order on the Carlton site to facilitate a development encompassing the 1916 buildings on Moore St.

The council was responding to a TG4 programme which claimed that shopping centre developer Joe O'Reilly was given preferential treatment through the CPO in 2006.

Councillors have asked for a special meeting to discuss the issues and the future of the national monument at 14 to 17 Moore St.

A report from city manager John Tierney stated that a CPO was made on the Carlton site on O'Connell St because the previous owners had failed to agree on how to redevelop it and it had been derelict for years.

Mr O'Reilly had contracts to purchase most of the Carlton site but one of the landowners refused to sell.

The manager's report said the council agreed to sell this interest and it was not put out to tender as that could interfere with the development.

Mr Tierney said the disposal of this property to Mr O'Reilly was agreed by a meeting of councillors to achieve a "unity of interest".

Mr O'Reilly's company Chartered Land had already bought a number of other surrounding properties and later got planning permission for a massive shopping development on the whole site with the preservation of the four 1916 buildings on Moore St.

The site is now under the control of NAMA.

Independent Cllr Nial Ring called for an independent review of the affair saying the plans would destroy the national monument on Moore St.

Cllr Dermot Lacey said the result was that part of O'Connell St "has been a kip for years" and it was an example of planning following the money rather than being in the best interests of the city.

But other councillors, such as Bill Tormey (FG) said there was nothing wrong with the council using a CPO to facilitate development of a derelict site.

A special meeting on the Carlton site will be held on 19 November.