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It says in the Examiner that Centre Park road will have to be raised by 3 meters. Is this to stop flooding or what?
And will the trees be chopped down? It’s one of the few tree lined avenues in Cork.
There was an AAI site visit to Lansdowne over the weekend and my mates said that in the upper parts of the stands the far side of the pitch is obscured by the hanging trusses. So much for perfect sightlines
Grangegorman residents call for â‚¬1.5bn DIT campus plan to go ahead
John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent
Any decision not to proceed with Dublin Institute of Technology’s â‚¬1bn-plus move to Grangegorman in north inner-city Dublin risks condemning the area to “further neglect” and should be resisted, local residents have warned.
In a recent letter to Taois*each Brian Cowen, they note that the Bord Snip Nua report advocated the withdrawal of all current funding to the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) â€“ about â‚¬1.5m â€“ and the amalgamation of Tallaght IT and Blanchardstown IT with DIT.
The report also stated that the withdrawal of funding for the agency would avoid further expenditure on the “planned â‚¬1.5bn capital development programme associated with Grangegorman”.
It suggested the state should dispose of the land to generate revenue for the exchequer, and that consideration be given to consolidating DIT on alternative lands, such as those at Tallaght IT.
But writing to Brian Cowen on behalf of local residents, elected GDA board member Pirooz DÃ¡neshmandi said that it is “difficult to see how DIT could fit on the campus of IT Tallaght”.
“This idea is flawed even from a monetary point of view. Apart from the difficulty of finding a buyer, the sale price would be the lowest possible in today’s market. It would be nothing short of giving away a valuable public resource at a bargain basement price.”
“Furthermore, the report does not contain any cost-benefit analysis of not moving DIT to Grangegorman even in economic terms, not to mention the social consequences.
“Our community remains committed to the regeneration of the area and we urge you not to condemn our neighbourhood to further neglect.”
Asked for its views on Bord Snip’s recommendations, the GDA said: “We will await the outcome of this consideration, but remain committed to meeting our current project deadlines.”
However, the Sunday Tribune understands that the board has still not received sanction from the Department of Education to proceed with its draft strategic plan, which was sent to government eight months ago.
According to the GDA’s most recent figures, the overall cost of providing DIT’s core educational facilities on the Grangegorman site is currently estimated at â‚¬493m, 60% of which it says will be provided through DIT funds from disposal of property, savings and philanthropy, and DIT’s sports fund.
“All complementary facilities such as student’s accommodation, retail outlets science and industry park facilities will be self-funding and will not require exchequer contributions,” it adds.
I seem to recall that Sean O’Laoire specifically mentioned that Grafton would be unable to compete given their lowish turnover. Even with O’Mahony Pike it’s a bit of a stretch
Anyone listen to Sean O’Laoire on Radio One this morning? Spoke well on why the competition is unfair.
Thank god he didn’t go off on some hideous tangent and start talking about rabbit populations in Westmeath or the guatamalan sugar crisis of ’78 as he is prone to doing.
Howld on to yer cameras now lads –
*MAIN TRAFFIC* * The closure that was due to take place tonight at the East Link toll bridge has been POSTPONED due to high winds forecasted. The closure was due to take place to accommodate the moving of the new Samuel Beckett Bridge. It is yet to be decided when the closure will now take place. * Traffic is moving well at this stage around the city and on the M50. * Bear in mind that Eric Clapton performs at The O2 this evening. Expect delays around the venue after the concert
So says the AA
Anyone spotted what I think are the JC Decaux bike racks going in around the city?
I passed the one outside the Bull and Castle and saw not one, not two, not three, not four etc, etc, not eleven but twelve luminous jacketed men working on a patch of ground not much bigger that my living room. Industrious.
Snow on the spire. I don’t know how it stayed up there.
Are you sure he wasn’t having a laugh with you?
And is this person in a position to know about the bridge?
Yes, but I gather it could have been moved and conserved.
What made this crane so important?
Good article on the engineering of the roof
You’ll note elsewhere my belief that it would be in TCD interests to persuade DIT to merge into the University of Dublin, .
What’s the advantage of that?
I’m calling shotgun on a double bed
Will this competition be followed through to completion or is it a ‘what if?’ exercise.
Would you bet against someone at some stage referring to DIT ‘reaching out into the community’? 🙂
I’v heard it said already. Or at least something quite close to it.
I haven’t seen all of the masterplan but I seem to notice that there is no indoor sport hall.
Is that honestly the spire? This is the biggest disappointment since discovering Santa wasn’t real.
It’s a pity they couldn’t have planned Luas lanes into a slightly wider Dublin Port Tunnel.
It’d have been possible to run Luas trams from the docklands to the Airport and Swords via the tunnel
Do you have any Idea how long it would take to get to the city centre from Swords? The journey would turn most people off public transport for good.May 8, 2008 at 9:40 am in reply to: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ? #754920
Does anyone know what is happening with the plans Boyd Cody made for an arts centre at the far side of the living bridge in UL?
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oh not more of that green sh*t,its everywhere!!
Yeah that seems to be ubiquitous in Galway. Much more so than anywhere else.
What you dont get a sense of from the sections of the cimema is how spiky the building is inside. de Paor is continuing his current penchant for jagged plans. Looks really interesting to be honest.