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‘Seething anger’ over early plans to demolish Dublin 8’s ‘holy grail’ The Liberty Market

22nd April 2021


Local caution has been expressed over early plans to demolish The Liberty Market in Dublin 8, which has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of the area.a person standing in front of a store© Provided by Extra.ie

Extra.ie reported on Wednesday that a site notice containing demolition plans had been published at the doors of the market, which is located on Meath Street in the heart of The Liberties.

The official planning application has yet to be published by Dublin City Council, but initial questions have cropped up within the local community.a group of people walking down a street in front of a store: Local caution has been expressed over early plans to demolish The Liberty Market in Dublin 8, which has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of the area. Pic: Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images Images© Provided by Extra.ie Local caution has been expressed over early plans to demolish The Liberty Market in Dublin 8, which has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of the area. Pic: Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images Images

Following news of the proposed development at the Liberty Market, Sinn Fein councillor Maire Devine told Extra.ie that locals remain concerned about any new development proposals in the area.

There are currently ongoing issues with regard to the height of a hotel development located behind the grotto connected to St Catherine’s Church on Meath Street, while elsewhere in Dublin 8, a campaign is underway against a proposal for a 19-storey apartment block on the Player Wills site.

Concerns about development of the Dublin 8 area is also based on previous co-living and build-to-rent developments which have popped up in recent years.

Cllr Devine told Extra.ie: ‘We see continuous and constant development which is great, but we need to provide homes and this is not what’s happening in the majority of cases.

Now we have the Liberty Market — it’s like touching the holy grail when you go near that with the word demolish.text, letter: Extra.ie reported on Wednesday that a site notice had been published at the doors of the market, which is located on Meath Street in the heart of The Liberties. Pic: Extra.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Extra.ie reported on Wednesday that a site notice had been published at the doors of the market, which is located on Meath Street in the heart of The Liberties. Pic: Extra.ie

‘I know in the plans it says stages, but I don’t know where the traders are going to go or what happens to the traders.

‘There’s real seething anger in the entire area of the Liberties at what they see going on around them. Nothing is for them. Nothing is being built for them.

‘In fairness, the public ground improvements are, overall, really welcomed. The problem is the perception of a community who is under siege and diminishing by the day.

When something else comes along, there comes forward an idea that they’re out to get us, they’re out to get rid of us. Prime land, prime spot, inner city. Nobody has potential for ownership of their community.

There’s an onslaught of development that has nothing that ties in with the community, an old established Dublin community that makes The Liberties.a car parked on a city street: The official planning application has yet to be published by Dublin City Council, but initial questions have cropped up within the local community. Pic: Google Street View© Provided by Extra.ie The official planning application has yet to be published by Dublin City Council, but initial questions have cropped up within the local community. Pic: Google Street View

A transient community just won’t endure the vibrancy of what was and what is The Liberties.’

Michael Fitzgerald, who has been manager of The Liberty Market since it opened in 1973, and who is listed alongside agent Buckley Partnership Architects, as intending to apply for planning permission for the project, explained to Extra.ie the plans as they stand.

He said: ‘The Market has been there since the mid-70s and I’ve been in charge of it since then and there’s a great bunch of traders in there.

‘The time has come now to improve the facilities there for the traders. The place is getting a bit worn around the edges, there could be safety issues, even.

‘It’s been there a long time and there have been many efforts to do it up, but it’s been very hard to do while everyone’s in place. It limits the amount of mess you can make.a man wearing glasses: Following news of the proposed development at the Liberty Market, Sinn Fein councillor Maire Devine told Extra.ie that locals remain concerned about any new development proposals in the area. Pic: Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Following news of the proposed development at the Liberty Market, Sinn Fein councillor Maire Devine told Extra.ie that locals remain concerned about any new development proposals in the area. Pic: Collins

‘So basically what we’re doing now is improving the market at the ground floor level, rebuilding it in a phased way to try and avoid undue delays for traders in getting back to work.

‘It’s going to be a market on the ground floor as shown in the planning permission and a number of floors and apartments above.’

He said that the plans to keep the apartment blocks between three to five storeys high was to ‘avoid one big ignorant block’, which may lead to light issues as has been the case with other proposed developments.

‘We’ve chatted to all of the residents in the surrounding area to make sure they’re happy with the plans and it is all going well so far,’ he added.a man wearing glasses: Councillor Devine said: ‘Now we have the Liberty Market, it’s like touching the holy grail when you go near that with the word demolish.’ Pic: Collins© Provided by Extra.ie Councillor Devine said: ‘Now we have the Liberty Market, it’s like touching the holy grail when you go near that with the word demolish.’ Pic: Collins

‘We’ll probably have to close the market, or in part, for a short period until we have the facilities renewed at ground floor level.

‘Hopefully we can move back then, depending on how a builder works, hopefully we can open at the ground floor level and the builder can continue up with the apartments.

The whole idea is to minimise the impact on traders. It might be like another COVID — close down for a little while. Hopefully then, at a reasonable time, we can all get back to normal and traders can have much better and cleaner facilities.’

He said the intention is to have original traders to return to the newly built market if the project goes ahead.

We have had several meetings with the planning authorities. This has been going on for about three years now and we’ve also had chats with all of the traders,’ he explained.a person standing in front of a store: Michael Fitzgerald, who has been manager of The Liberty Market since it opened in 1973, and who is listed alongside agent Buckley Partnership Architects, as intending to apply for planning permission for the project, explained to Extra.ie the plans as they stand. Pic: Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images Images© Provided by Extra.ie Michael Fitzgerald, who has been manager of The Liberty Market since it opened in 1973, and who is listed alongside agent Buckley Partnership Architects, as intending to apply for planning permission for the project, explained to Extra.ie the plans as they stand. Pic: Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images Images

They have been notified in writing of our intention and everyone there is pretty happy with it, generally. To get any improvement requires a little bit of sacrifice in the early stages.

‘They all understand that. We’ll just do the best we can to avoid any inconvenience to any of the traders and surrounding neighbours and businesses.’

He said the project is in such an early stage that those involved in the development have not yet recruited a builder, have not yet received planning permission and if that does happen, a decision will then be made on how viable the proposal is based on constraints outlined in the planning permission.

Of the traders he added: ‘They know it’s a necessary evil in order to ensure longevity for the market. It’s a great old institution. We love it as much as they do. The locals and people living there, it’s a great facility for them.’

On the apartments, Mr Fitzgerald said it was ‘far too early to say’ whether they will be ‘rented, sold or what’.

On the ongoing issue with the proposed extension to the Molyneux Hotel which was originally supposed to be an eight-story building behind the Meath Street grotto, and which is completely unrelated to his project, Mr Fitzgerald added that it was ‘probably excessive’.

The grotto means a lot of things to a lot of people, including myself. You certainly don’t want to be damaging facilities like that in the area and it’s an area where a lot of people are very devoted to Our Lady. Let’s leave good things alone.’

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