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Yesterday evening.

Leonard’s Corner, South Circular Road. Road.

Harry Warren writes:

Outside of Tesco beside a take-a-way restaurant…Either the take-a-way consumers apart from being scruffy litter louts, are displaying their collective intelligence by mistaking the granite columns for dining tables or litter bins, or it is another example of Dublin City Councils ongoing failure to provide a functional litter collection service. Perhaps Broadsheet readers can advise?

P.S. the DCC litter bin outside of the take-a-way was full to overflowing…


Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan

This afternoon.

A petition calling for the removal of Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan launched yesterday is gathering signatures.

Petitioner Jamie Doyle writes:

Owen P. Keegan was appointed Dublin City Chief Executive in September 2013

In his time at DCC he has made countless decisions based on his own logic to disapprove Dublin. These actions include his crusade to remove any height and sustainable living in Dublin City, closing off public spaces without public consultation, prioritising cars and car park owners over pedestrians, the lack of pedestrianisation in the city, public pressure was needed for any streets to be pedestrianised, filthy streets which are covered with litter and graffiti, and a lack of public services such as bins and toilets.

Even though the majority of councillors are in favour of all these items Owen Keegan continues to act in an undemocratic manner. He recently wrote to Lord Mayor Hazel Chu to inform her that he will be extending his contract by 3 years without any public consultation or vote.

In the absence of a democratically elected Head of Dublin City Council, I am calling on all Dublin City Councillors to put forward a vote of ‘No Confidence’ in Owen Keegan.


Sign here


Ah here.

Thanks Hopeless Surfer



Apartments for ants?

A council spokesman said: “In the heart of Dublin’s north inner city, in an area extending from the North Circular Road to the River Liffey and from Amiens Street to Dorset Street, over 46pc of all homes have just one bedroom or less. Half of these homes were built over the past 20 years.”


….Fintan McNamara, a spokesman for the Residential Landlords Association of Ireland, disagrees about over supply of accommodation for single people households. He is convinced that micro flats are needed to address the shortage of affordable rental accommodation because so many bedsits have been taken out of the market since the authorities banned the division of old houses into flats which shared bathrooms and other facilities…

Independent.ie Is Micro Really Dublin’s Next Big Thing? (Independent.ie)

Previously: Self Contained Studio

Pic: Smartspace


Then, in case you missed it last October, you may want to watch a repeat of Scun Scan’s documentary Iniúchadh Oidhreacht na Cásca on TG4 at 8.20pm.

It traces the complex events which led to revelations that a secret deal was made between Dublin City Council management and developer Joe O’Reilly, from Chartered Land, involving a site in the Upper O’Connell Street area of Dublin. The site includes 14-17, Moore St, a national monument since 2007.

The land was previously owned by a group of landowners, called the Carlton Group, which included architect Paul Clinton. The group got permission in 1998 to build a Millennium Mall on the site but, three years later, the council issued a Compulsory Purchase Order on the site. Mr Clinton appealed the CPO in court.

The documentary recalls that Mr Clinton told the High Court he felt that if he didn’t bring in Keelgrove Properties – a sister company of Treasury Holdings – as co-developers, then his site would be CPOed and he’d never get his development off the ground.

In the documentary, Mr Clinton claims Richard Barrett of Treasury Holdings told him “nothing was going to happen in O’Connell street” until he accepted them as partners. Mr Clinton also claims Frank Dunlop, who was subsequently jailed for corruption, also recommended to Mr Clinton that he meet Treasury Holdings but Mr Clinton declined. Treasury Holdings had “no comment” to make to the documentary makers about these claims.

During the High Court proceedings, in February 2004, it emerged Dublin City Council management had made a secret deal with Chartered Land.

Under the terms of this agreement, the council had agreed that if Chartered Land developed the site within 10 years, the council would not enforce the CPO order.

The agreement also stated that if the CPO was ever enforced, all lands other than those belonging to Chartered Lands would be CPOed, and that the council would ensure these lands would revert to Chartered Lands.

It also stated that any CPOed land the council conveyed to Chartered Land would be done so at CPO value, whereas if the council were to purchase land back off Chartered Land they would pay full market value.

Dublin City Councillors were furious over the revelations as the  decision had apparently been made without their consent.

In the summer of 2006, several meetings took place between the council and council management in regards to the deal. In November of 2006, an in camera meeting took place, in which councillors were warned not to speak of what happened in the meeting, outside of the meeting.

In the documentary, Daithí Dolan, of Sinn Fein, a Dublin City Councillor from 2004 to 2009, recalled:

“Well we dealt with the management, who would have had the hands-on on the development, would have been assistant city manager Seán Carey. I would have dealt with him both at these meetings primarily and also in my role as chair of the planning committee. He would have been the person taking the lead on much of this.”

We were reading chapter 8 of Tom Lyons and Richard Curran’s ‘Fingers’ last night, about the weeks preceding the bank guarantee at the end of September 2008, when his name popped up:



Chartered Land now owns the site and Joe O’Reilly’s loans on the site are understood to be in Nama.

The documentary noted that early last year, Nama paid €250,000 to Chartered Land to help them in their bid to win the consent of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, to allow them conduct works on 14-17, Moore St. (Ministerial consent is needed for works to take place on a national monument.)


So in 2007, the State declared 14-17, Moore St a national monument and four years later, in 2011, the State paid €250,000 towards an application for consent to demolish a national monument.


Last Friday, the Department of Arts, Heritage and Culture announced that the public consultation period on an Environmental Impact Statement regarding Chartered Lands’ plans for 14-17, Moore St have been extended until April 24 because the information provided in an original newspaper notice about the EIS submission was inadequate and not compliant with the National Monuments Act, as it did not state “the nature and extent of the proposed demolition”.


Meanwhile, today’s Irish Examiner reports that a Dublin City Council-ordered review on the planning status of the site has been completed and will be presented to members of the council at a meeting on Monday, April 8. The review was ordered on foot of the TG4 documentary.

Read more here.

Previously: Battlefield, 1916

(Top pic: Tadgh)