Tuesday, 2 February 2016
National Monuments: Motion [Private Members]
-----designated in July 2001, and the O'Connell Street area of special planning control, adopted by Dublin City Council in September 2009. These mechanisms operate within the wider policy framework of the Dublin City development plan, which is currently under review. It remains open to the city council to prepare a statutory local area plan for the area under the provisions of the Planning Acts. As I said earlier, Sinn Féin is the largest party in Dublin City Council. The Bord Pleanála planning permission will keep Moore Street as an open street and Dublin City Council policy is to keep the traders. It is somewhat ironic that I am being asked to work through various committees of Dublin City Council, which itself is the responsible authority. It would quite simply not be appropriate for me to intervene in the manner suggested, as it would cut across and undermine the existing statutory processes for the proper planning and development of this area.