Aldborough House planning decision deeply disappointing – Mary Lou McDonald

Following the awarding of planning permission to an investment company to develop Aldborough House for the purposes of office space Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has voiced her deep disappointment that this landmark building has not been taken into public ownership.

This Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said:

“It is hard to believe that the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has allowed Aldborough House, one of the last remaining Georgian buildings in the north inner city dating back to 1796, be surrendered to private interests for the purpose of office space. A lack of ambition for the capital city’s rich architectural history has become the Ministers hallmark.

“Over the summer I wrote to the Minister on two occasions raising my concerns and seeking a meeting with her. It is disappointing but not a surprise that she neither dealt with the concerns I raised or agreed to meet with me.

 “Aldborough House could be a showcase for the cultural talent of the inner city. It is heart breaking that this beautiful building will now fall to the hands of a corporate faceless entity with little benefit for the local community.

“Sinn Féin called for Aldborough House to be restored for the community and the city, and that the government acquire the property for this purpose. I previously recommended this course of action to Kieran Mulvey and the former Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the Government Taskforce consultation. I am sure my disappointment will be felt right across the north inner city and beyond.” CRIOCH