I've been requested to post this here. I personally to be honest don't know much about it, only that it's criminal that vandalism on this scale can happen to so called protected structure's right under the noses of of both the Government buildings, The OPW and Labour Party head office.
To anyone that appreciates Georgian Architecture, the following letter would appeal to you.
Since the 1960;s we have seen vandalism of rows upon rows of Georgian houses in areas such as Fitzwilliam St, (ESB) Mount Joy SQ, and Gardener St.
We actually thought that all this destruction would come to an end with the Derelict Buildings Act 1990 which was drafted in for this purpose with penalties of up to €1.27 million and or prison sentences to 5 years.
An example of the above legislation being enforced was the destruction and forcefully rebuilding of Archers Garage which was a grade A listed building.
Unfortunately the Hume St Hospital complex is currently slipping through our fingers as we speak irrespective of the above legislation..
To Whom it concerns,
The former Hume Street hospital (which also consists of four of the cities’ most important protected architectural and historical structures) is currently being ransacked.
Hume street is almost 250 years old, these structures were in existence during the revolution of 1798, the Irish Famine, the time of Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O’Connell, The 1916 revolution of Irish Independence, World War I, World War II, the Battle of Hume Street, the destruction of Wood Quay and the recession of the 1980s.
Lead is being stripped from the roof, which will cause irreparable water damage to the interior. Pipes, water tanks, copper and general fixture and fittings are being pillaged from the building. The interior is being destroyed by criminal opportunists.
While one might like to point the finger at these hoodlums, we believe that the current owners, whomever they are, their inaction is their action is in effect an attack on the people of Ireland and the culture and architecture of our beautiful capital city.
Recessions of the past have led to the destruction of large parts of the historical architecture of Dublin, including Mountjoy Square, Gardiner Street, buildings off Merrion Square among others. We cannot allow this to happen again. Legislation has been introduced that should ensure that this does not happen, however, no authority appears to have taken appropriate and necessary steps.
The Derelict Buildings Act 1990 provides for financial penalties for those who allow/ prevent buildings from becoming derelict. Under the Planning and Development Act 2000, owners or occupiers of protected structures who endanger the structure or who fail to carry out work can be liable for fines of up to 1.27 million euro and/or a term of imprisonment of up to five years.
It would appear that no individual, authority organization or entity has taken the responsibility for protecting this supposed “protected structure”.
We wish to create awareness of the destruction of this section of Hume Street, so that a professional contractor is employed to begin emergency repairs. It will be a matter of weeks before rainfall permanently damages the interior of these buildings. Therefore, we wish that this work carried out immediately so as to avoid any further damage.
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Peter J McCarthy