Statement from Cllr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Saturday December 18th 2010
The decision yesterday to grant planning permission for the a major development, including the construction of 178 dwelling units and an 81 room hotel, at the Butterly Business Park is a bad day for Artane (Planning Ref 2785/10). The site is the location of the Stardust nightclub fire, which claimed the lives of 48 young people almost thirty years ago.
I am genuinely taken aback that the City Council Planning Department would consider should a large-scale development to be appropriate in this long-established residential community.
To my mind, this proposal amounted to a gross over-development of the site, with little or no consideration to the local community.
I will be lodging a personal appeal to An Bord Pleanala, in conjunction with local resident, to ensure that responsible development takes precedent in this proud community.