Save The Site


The former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1

Social Democrats Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon, for Dublin’s North Inner City, has set up a petition calling on Dublin City Council to stop the sale of the Sean McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry site to a Japanese hotel chain.

He writes:

Dublin City Council is planning to sell the 2-acre Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain for €14 million.

The elected Dublin City Councillors have the power to stop the sale. They will vote on a motion to stop the Council’s plan on Monday 3rd September.

Sign the petition here

Previously: The Last Laundry

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23 thoughts on “Save The Site

      1. Rob_G

        When I last read about this, there were plans to build a small number of apartments as well, with something like 40% social housing units.

      1. scottser

        Theres a gas photo doing the rounds of a jax roll that costs like a billion bolivars to buy which contains more paper than the jax roll itself.

    1. Martin

      As far as I know they don’t want it sold either,

      Perhaps it should be kept as a museum of sorts, a monument to all the mother and baby homes, the wrong’s carried out on them, the shame they brought. They could reconstruct a portion of it to what it was back in the day. Tell real victims stories in it

      It’s important we never forget our past

  1. A Person

    Populist crap from the SOC Dems. Why not sell it and do something with it. This area needs some investment surely?

    1. Martin

      Sure we can do the same with any historical site of injustice eh?
      All in the eyes of abit of profit.

      I’d say we could make some money off Kilmainham Gaol, what do you think?

      1. A Person

        That is a nonsense comment. For a start we do have money of Kilmainham Gaol. Secondly it is not a protected structure. Thirdly It had been derelict for years. Finally, why protect a building that has been an are of suffering for years?

  2. Rob_G

    Why not just turn it into a hotel, with all of the jobs for the local area and rates which would result, and put up a dignified plaque or similar? It’s important to remember these things, but it is also important for society to move on, and I don’t think that allowing a 2-acre site lie derelict is the best way to do either.

  3. Kerryview

    I may be mad, but €14 mill sounds cheap, but it could be used for housing- surely a better Social Monument to those who suffered there in the past

  4. Pee Pee

    A country needs a reminder of the atrocities that were inflicted upon it, so that it never happens again.

  5. thomas

    In another 20 years there will be no survivors of these institutions left alive and if nothing is done within a decade the scandal of what church and state did will be obliterated
    This site should be renovated and turned into a national memorial for the victims so they can never be forgotten
    This state with church did horrendous things and as a fitting memorial we cannot forget that dark passage in our history

    1. scottser

      A sensible solution would be to bring in a housing body that specialises in providing support to victims of dv or young mothers in need of parenting support. Also, Respond did a fine job on the grounds of the laundry in drumcondra, High Park i think. Anyway this has been done sensitively before, no reason it has to be so much drama

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