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Planning Application real cause of concern for Iveagh Markets

6 January 2020

Statement by Cllr Rebecca Moynihan
Spokesperson on Community Arts

Labour Party representative for Dublin South Central. Rebecca Moynihan, has said it is time for Dublin City Council to make moves on the ownership of the Iveagh Markets.

Councillor Moynihan said:

“It is over two years since Dublin City Council backed my call to take back control of the iconic Iveagh Markets.

“I welcome a report released today by Dublin City Council, which has said it is taking necessary legal steps to take back control of the Markets.

“Over Christmas a planning application was submitted by the current owner of the building, which is dangerous for the building in its current form.

“This is not the first time the owner of the building has submitted a planning application. The owner had until 2017 to carry out work on the premises but little to no work was carried out.

“As we have leaned from the past, planning permission does not mean that development is imminent. There are only so many times the people of the Liberties can be lead down the garden path on the stop/never quite start nature of the development of the Iveagh Markets.

“The Iveagh Markets have fallen into a serious state of dereliction. The building needs to be secured and made structurally sound as a matter of urgency. 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."