Councillors support architectural plan for CIE Estate
Article Posted: Tuesday 8th December, 2009
Dublin city councillors have voted to fast-track the consideration of the CIE Estate in Inchicore for special designation as a heritage area.
Councillors at their monthly meeting last night ordered officials to speed up work on the consideration of the historic estate for Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) status.
The decision was taken in defiance of the view of council officials, who argued that An Bord Pleanala had already ordered a report into the heritage status of the area.
Assistant city manager Michael Stubbs said the board had told Irish Rail to commission a report from architects Murray O Laoire as part of the preparations for the Dart Interconnector project, which will go underground in the CIE Works.
Mr Stubbs claims it would be inappropriate for his officials to be "doing work that someone else is already doing".
However, councillors, in the last decision taken of a lengthy meeting, rejected his advice and voted in favour of the motion proposed by local Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan and seconded by Sinn Fein councillor Criona Ni Dhalaigh.
There are widespread fears in the CIE Estate that the unique heritage of the mid-19th century estate will be lost when construction begins on the Dart project.