The environmental group CLEAN has responded to criticism leveled at it by councillors at the February meeting of Leitrim County Council over legal proceedings it has brought against the local authority. Members of Leitrim County Council had expressed their anger that the legal proceedings initiated by CLEAN is preventing the local authority from working on and upgrading a road that crosses Boleybrack Mountain which connects the Glenfarne and Newbridge areas.
Cllr Sean McDermott said the road was used a lot in years gone by, by farmers in particular, and now they are being told that it is being taken away. He said its closure means people living on the Coolegraine side who work in Manorhamilton now have to go all the way round by Newbridge, Drumkeenn and Killargue to get to Manorhamilton and they are very annoyed by this.
ClIr Mary Bohan supported the motion and said there are people who are now saying this was never a public road. "It's outrageous. We're not going to take dictation from these people," she said. "This is a public road, was always a public road and still is. The only thing is that we have not spent money on it," she added. "The message should go out, this is a public road. It's a sad day in this part of the country when people are telling us what's a public road and what's not a public road," she added.
ClIr Enda McGlojn agreed and said the road is a public road and has a road number. He asked the area engineer's office to "get behind that road when they get out of the legal limbo and get a commitment to work on the Newbridge side."
Cllr McGloin said he was "appalled" by the actions of the CLEAN group.
Cllr John McTernan described the group's cease all works and actions as "ridiculous".
He said they should not wait until the legal proceedings are finished to carry out work on the road. Director of Services, Planning, Environment and Emergency Services, Martin Dolan, said the Council has Contested the allegation that it is not a public road, they have completed their affidavits and are taking them (CLEAN) on fully.
However, in reply, Peter Crossan of CLEAN explained that they wrote to Leitrim County Council and the Department of the Environment prior to works commencing on that road outlining their concerns that it would have an impact on the environment as it runs through an Special Area of Conservation which is covered by the EU Habitats Directive which forms part of Irish law.
He said there is an accepted trackway over the mountain but that is all it is and it was never designed to carry regular vehicles such as cars. "Boleybrack is one of the finest habitats of its kind in Europe with an extremely rich and fragile blanket bog and it is of extreme importance," Mr Crossan said. "Instead of putting a roadway through it we should be proud to have it as it stands," he said, adding that the existing roadway is sufficient to cater for what uses it. Mr Crossan said the hearing will be in the High Court before the summer and that court can either uphold CLEAN's complaint whereby Leitrim County Council would then have to carry out a full evaluation which would be CLEAN's preference.
"We are very confident in this," Mr Crossan said. "It's a huge decision to take but we are left with no choice. "We are looking at it from an environmental point of view. It's important to protect vulnerable sites, not just for now for fur the future.
"I hope people will agree with us there's merit in our argument. There's nobody living up there, people got by before without putting a highway across Boleybrack," he said, adding that to suggest this road would link Dowra andManorhamilton was not practical.
© Leitrim Observer 8.02.08
THE Lesser Horseshoe Bat, the pine martin and the red squirrel have blocked plans for a 200m "eco-tourism" resort on Lough Key in Co Roscommon.
Plans to build 300 luxury holiday homes, a 100-suite luxury hotel with spa and conference facilities, a championship golf course and restaurants and entertainment facilities have been knocked down because of fears for the habitats of the three species.
The resort, proposed by Newfound Consortium, a company established by Newfound Group International, which developed the award -winning Humber Valley development in Canada, was to have been located "in and around the scenic Lough Key Forest Park".
An Bord Pleanala rejected the project on the grounds that it would "adversely affect the habitat of the area, especially that of the Lesser Horseshoe Bat, the pine martin and the red squirrel."
It also concluded that the proposed golf course "would represent a significant intrusion into the historic landscape" and that, without a hydrogeological study, it was unknown whether the project would be a "potential threat to the underlying groundwater".
The main opponents of the proposed development were An Taisce, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and the Cavan/Leitrim Environmental Awareness Network (CLEAN).
An Taisce said in a statement that An Bord Pleanala's decision was "a serious indictment of the competence of Roscommon Co Council in protecting public health, and meeting our European Treaty obligations for the protection of habitats and landscape."
Newfound Group chief executive office Brian Dobbin said he was "deeply disappointed and upset" with the board's decision. "It appears that a very small minority are in control of the development planning in the country, and it will be very difficult to attract international projects of this magnitude until that is fixed, " said Dobbin, who was born in Ireland.
"We will be focusing on the myriad of other more suitable locations available to us internationally, " he added.
The decision also annoyed local Fianna Fail TD Michael Finneran, who said he was "extremely disappointed that such a major tourism development product, with the potential for 300 jobs (Indentured Latvian chambermaids and Lithuanian cleaners Michael?) and an investment of 200m has been lost."
But the campaign group CLEAN, who opposed the proposed scheme on the grounds of its potential threat to drinking water, welcomed the decision "All councillors who voted to proceed with the development, and all TDs who supported it, have to be asked: 'Did they care for the health of their constituents?"
the group said in a statement.
ONE of west Dublin's last green open spaces will be lost forever if affordable housing is built in Lucan.
Plans by the so called state agency/quango "Affordable Homes Partnership" to recommend rezoning of land in the Liffey Valley will end a long-term proposal to build a national park stretching from Dublin to Kildare.
A public meeting at Lucan's Spa Hotel was told there was sufficient zoned land in south County Dublin to build 34,000 housing units, and that there was no need to build on the Liffey Valley site.
Earlier this week the "Affordable Homes Partnership" said it would recommend the rezoning of Liffey Valley - currently owned by Ballymore Homes - to build 1,600 new homes, of which 1,100 would be for affordable housing.
Development is not currently allowed on the land because it is zoned for high amenity purposes. But Ballymore will be allowed to sell the remaining 500 units on the open market in return for handing over 200 acres to South Dublin County Council for use as a park.
However, local councillors, including members of the Labour Party, the Green Party, Fine Gael and some independents, have objected to the proposal. Senator Joanna Tuffy (Labour) said last night that 18,000 new homes were due to come on stream in nearby Adams Town and in Balgaddy/Clonburris in the coming years, and that the Liffey Valley proposal should be rejected. "I'm promoting delivery of housing, but you must preserve the landscape of Liffey Valley," she said.
"The zonings must be kept as they are; once you rezone it, the opportunity to develop a park is gone forever.
"Most of the land can't be developed anyway and Ballymore have tried to do this before.
"This is a huge issue for Lucan because this is what is left of the green space."
The 26 members of South Dublin County Council will have to agree by a majority to vote in favour of varying the County Development Plan to allow the rezoning to go through.
Affordable homes were once ear-marked for people who cannot afford to buy new homes on the open market.
However none of them were ever built.!See:
Single people can earn up to €55,000 - and couples up to €85000 - in order to qualify for the still born government scheme.
Its election time again and promises are running riot for the unfortunates priced out of the housing market by wealthy investors and "buy to rent" businessmen.
The meeting heard that the Government had prepared a strategy document for developing a Liffey Valley National Park, and that if it went ahead it would stretch from West Dublin to Kildare.
Joe Beirne, from the Lucan Planning Council, said members wanted the land left as it was, and that developing a National Park - as opposed to the 200 acre park proposed by Ballymore - had huge tourist potential.
Bert Aherns new quango "The Affordable Homes Partnership" appears to have rapidly transmuted into a whitewash agency to facilitate Fianna Fail Galway tenters such as the powerful Sean Mulryans "Ballymore Homes" and the destruction of a high amenity area along the River Liffey.
That the following list of appointees could condone -nay recommend- the destruction of this amenity is outrageous.
That the plot is using the dearth of affordable housing in Dublin, due to the surrender policy of Fianna Fail when confronted with the opposition of their Ballybrit Buddies, during the corrupt reign of the more appropriately titled "SFP" Party "The Speculator, Farmer, and Publican Party"- is the lowest most contemptible trick Ahern and his gang has ever pulled out of his grubby hat.
Here is a list of his new "gillies".in the so called "Affordable Homes Partnership" or more appropriately "The Fianna Fail Developers Partnership":
Des Geraghty , Chairperson (former SIPTU President)
Mary Higgins (management/social policy consultant, former Director of the Homesless Agency in Dublin)
Professor Mary Lambkin (Dean UCD Business School)
Mary Mooney (former Councillor)
Joe Horan (Manager, South Dublin County Council)
Owen Keegan (Manager, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council)
David O'Connor (Manager, Fingal County Council)
John Tierney (Manager, Dublin City Council)
John O'Connor Chief Executive
More about Sean Mulryan, billionaire speculator in the Desmond/ Magnier/McManus tradition and like the rest- generous patron of the "Soldiers of Destiny".
Published in Irish Independent
3rd November 2006
Written by Donal Buckley
BALLYMORE Properties has submitted planning applications for ambitious projects in Dublin and London. In Dublin 15 it is seeking permission for €160m worth of new homes as part of its new Town Square in the latest phase of its Pelletstown development near Ashtown.
Meanwhile it has submitted an application for 385 apartments at Wapping Lane in London's docklands. Ranging in height from three to 18 storeys, this project will include 99 social units as well as 502 sqm of retail space, 383 sqm of community space and 164 car parking spaces.
The Pellestown project will also include a new marina on the Royal Canal as well as a range of shops, restaurants, bars, a cultural community centre and a leisure centre.
With an entrance off the Ratoath Road, it will be built in 11 blocks whose height will range mainly from three to eight storeys. However there will also be an 18 storey feature element to one of the blocks and this block will accommodate 86 apartments as well as a three storey cafe, a two storey restaurant, a bar and a shop.
Not all of the new homes will be apartments as there are also plans to include 19 townhouses, some of which will accommodate five bedrooms. Recently two-bedroom apartments at the Royal Canal Park section of the development have been selling for between €320,000 and €380,000 while a one-bed unit is asking €295,000.
at these prices, even allowing for a big discount-Not many single people, or for that matter, married couples with only one bread winner in the family, will qualify for Sean Mulryans new apartments on the high amenity land in the Liffey valley. Perhaps that is all the better-for Sean.!
None of the thousands of homes built by Sean Mulryan in the massive Pelletstown Development near Cabra are allocated to the city council for affordable housing!
However if he gets to build in a high amenity area like the Liffey Valley.. well anything is possible.! and Sean can put another billion in the bank.
Ask the thousands of people who have been on the Dublin waiting lists how they feel about yet another scam concocted by Aherns developer cronies. You could not make up this stuff. Unbelievable.
Property developer and favoured son of Fianna Fail, Sean Mulryan is the owner of Ballymore Homes, which has a property portfolio valued at approximately £15billion
Mulryan Re The Moriarty Tribunal digging for dirt:
COURT orders against Sean Mulryan and Ballymore Securities Ltd, granted last week to a former special adviser to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, have been lifted in the High Court by Mr Justice Peter Kelly.
Catherine Butler, an executive assistant, of Harbour View, Howth, had claimed in court that Mulryan and Ballymore Securities Ltd intended to terminate her contract because she may be obliged to give evidence to the Moriarty Tribunal.
Last month she had been notified by the tribunal she may be required to co-operate in its investigation into Haughey's affairs.
She advised Mulryan of this and he had expressed concern about the implications it might have for him and his company and had told her he could not keep her in her £60,000-a-year job. He had wanted her to become a self-employed consultant.
Emily Egan, counsel for Ms Butler, told Mr Justice Kelly her client was consenting to court injunctions being lifted against Mulryan and his company on undertakings being given to the court by each of the defendants that they would not terminate Ms Butler's contract of employment between now and September 8 next, breach that contract or commit acts of intimidation against her.
Mr Justice Kelly said that on the basis of the undertakings given to the court he would dissolve the injunction restraining her dismissal and adjourn the matter until September 8.
(Irish Independent. August 5th 1999.)
Mulryan active in Liam Lawlor Territory..
A company controlled by property developers Sean Mulryan and Paddy Kelly has completed contracts to acquire Kotva, Prague's best known department store.
The Irish are the largest foreign investors in Bratislava,(Slovakia) mostly due to the presence of Ballymore Properties, Sean Mulryan's development company. which is the driving force behind Eurovea, which it calls central Europe's largest mixed-use riverside development. The ambitious scheme will essentially give Bratislava an entirely new urban district - and a main shopping street the city lacks - with over 200,000 sq m (2.15m sq ft) of office, retail and apartment space.
Mulryan re-there to help the old the sick and the handicapped.!
Orthopaedic surgeon Jimmy Sheehan doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve, but he has no qualms about admitting it’s an important part of his life. So it comes as little surprise to learn that, on Friday, the High Court will hear a consultant obstetrician complain that she is being prevented from carrying out certain operations in Sheehan’s Galway Clinic because the procedures conflict with the hospital’s Catholic ethos.
The €100 million clinic, which opened in 2004,was the first private hospital to be developed in 20 years, and the first to make use of tax breaks under the 2001 Finance Act. To qualify, a hospital must provide operating theatres, diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, and must make at least one in five beds available to public patients.
Sheehan is looking forward to the opening of his latest project, the €110 million Hermitage clinic at Fonthill in west Dublin. Construction of the 125-bed hospital began a year ago and it is due to open in July.
The hospital includes 25 day beds and will have up to 75 consultants in 39 suites.
It expects to carryout up to 16,000 procedures a year on outpatients and inpatients. Investors include Goodman, Duffy, property developer Sean Mulryan and developer John Flynn.