14 January 1999 Edition

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High rise protest

By Tara O Liaith

Plans for a 24 storey private apartment complex at Georges Quay, Townsend Street, Dublin, has been met with anger from local residents, who rightly feel that this development would be detrimental to the community.

As the housing crisis in Dublin deepens, to introduce a high rise development where housing is unaffordable to local people would only add to the already increasing problem in the City, residents say.

Local residents action groups have now orgainsed a protest against the development to take place at the corner of Moss Street and Townsend Street, Dublin 2, on Wednesday next, 20 January at 5pm. With the support of residents committees from other areas who have successfully opposed plans for high rise developments within their areas, and the Dublin City Arts Centre, the protest/carnival hopes to highlight the community's determination that the construction of this development will not go ahead.

In conjuction with the City Arts Centre, celebrities and entertainers will be present on the day to give their support.

Local Sinn Fein representative Daithi Doolan said, ``the community are determined that this will not go ahead, and we fully support them in whatever action they take. The construction of a high rise development in the area will do nothing to allieviate the housing crisis.''

An Phoblacht
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Dublin 1