Re: CPO issued over Dartmouth Square – Hooray for Kevin B Nolan!
Hot off the wires – From RTE.ie
CPO issued over Dartmouth Square
25 September 2006 10:18
An Bord PleanÃ¡la has ruled that Dublin City Council can compulsorily purchase a park which was closed to the public last January.
Noel O’Gara from Athlone, Co Westmeath, acquired the freehold of Dartmouth Square in south Dublin for under Â£10,000, but believes it is now worth â‚¬175m.
Mr O’Gara strongly objected to the CPO and appealed to the Bord to overturn the decision.
This morning, the Bord found that the Council had the authority to proceed.
Dartmouth Square was originally owned by the Darley estate.
The park was renovated in 1987 by Dublin Corporation, which offered to buy the land, but instead entered into a ten-year lease.
Further inconclusive talks took place when this lease expired, and Mr O’Gara, through his company, Marble and Granite Tiles Ltd, acquired the freehold.
Last January, Mr O’Gara shut the park to the public and stated his intention to turn the land into a car park, a plan which resulted in proceedings being taken in the High Court.