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DCC should not foot bill for neglect of Iveagh Markets

4 September 2019

Statement by Cllr Rebecca Moynihan
Spokersperson on Community Arts

Labour Party representative for Dublin South Central, Cllr Rebecca Moynihan, has said that Dublin City Council should not have to foot the €13 million bill for essential structural repairs to the historic Iveagh Markets.

Councillor Moynihan said:

“Following a much-needed conservation report commissioned by Dublin City Council, we now know that there is at least €13 million worth of structural repairs needed to the building.

“I am firmly of the view that DCC should not have to foot the entire bill for the view for the damage that has been done to this historic part of the Liberties.

“The current lease owner of this site has wilfully and shamefully neglected this site. He should be the one to foot the bill to deal with the structural damages.

“The current lease owner of the site has had over twenty years to develop this historic site, yet there has been little to no development on the land and no amount of PR spin can change this fact.

“The Iveagh Markets have fallen into a serious state of dereliction. It is time for the City Council to step in and develop this site and bring it back into use as a fully functional market in line with the history of the area.

“There's a real need for market space over that area. Taking back and developing the Iveagh Markets will be a complete game changer for the Francis Street and Liberties area.

“The current state of the market is a massive blot on the history of this iconic building and the Council should take back control as soon as possible.”