3 February 2005 Edition
New prison an attack on local democracy
Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly, has described the decision to build a new 'super prison' on the Dublin/Meath border as an "attack on local democracy".
"The decision to locate the new 'super prison' on the Dublin/Meath border was taken by the Minister for Justice without any consultation with the local community, local council or even the Dáil Justice committee," he said. "The decision flies in the face of the local County Development Plan.
"There is speculation in the community that the Office of Public Works is preparing compulsory purchase orders for up to thirty houses in order to make way for this new prison. Compulsory purchase orders will be met with strong opposition if the Minister tries to enforce them and Sinn Féin will stand with the community in their protests.
"The Minister has already shown complete arrogance for the local community so I would call on him now to show some compassion for the community and clarify this matter urgently so people can put their minds at ease."