Councillors have no power to save house of rising hero
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Dublin City Council has voted for the ‘immediate’ rebuilding of the home of 1916 hero The O’Rahilly.
But it will likely have no effect because the power of local representatives has been given to ‘civil servants in Government departments’.
Labour councillor Dermot Lacey said he voted for the reconstruction of the home, which was demolished last week but said the motion had little value.© Provided by Extra.ie The remains of The O’Rahilly’s house at 40 Herbert Park. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Councillors approved a joint Sinn Fein and Green Party motion on Monday night that condemns the demolition of the house, at 40 Herbert Park, and called for the ‘immediate restoration’ of the former home of The O’Rahilly, the only leader the Rising to be killed in battle.
Although he was not one of the organisers of the Rising, he was a senior leader of the Volunteers and when he heard it was going ahead he joined the other leaders and famously declared: ‘Well, I’ve helped to wind up the clock – I might as well hear it strike!’ An Bord Pleanala had approved a plan by Derryroe Ltd, which owns the adjoining Herbert Park Hotel, to demolish the house for luxury hotel apartments. Mr Lacey said the real story was the Government’s systemic removal of powers from local councils.
He said even their right to get an emergency preservation has gone as ‘part of a major theft of our power by civil servants’.© Provided by Extra.ie The O’Rahilly’s house that Dublin councillors tried to save. Pic: Fran Veale
Pembroke Residents Association chairwoman Siobhan Cuffe said yesterday that she has been contacting other residents’ association in the area, in the hope of raising funds for a judicial review.
She said the site could be preserved as a park for future generations of Dublin children and said she was ‘completely aghast’ and felt like weeping when she heard that the house had been demolished.