Public meeting to help the Save Clondalkin Convent campaign

By Maurice Garvey

RESIDENTS are invited to an open public meeting by the Save Clondalkin Convent campaign this week.

The group will hold a public meeting in Áras Chrónáin, Clondalkin, on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:30pm.

Convent Clondalkin campaign 1

Residents campaign

The campaign is a broad coalition of resident’s associations and community groups with cross party-political support that wants to save historic Clondalkin Convent from a current development proposal from Bartra Property and the Presentation Sisters.

The proposal by Bartra Property Ltd involves a 155 bedroom nursing home four story development, which the group say “would completely obscure the convent and undermine the important heritage of the village.”

“The proposal would also have a very significant negative impact on adjoining schools, residential areas and Clondalkin Village traffic,” according to a group spokesperson.

Over 80 submissions, mostly objections, were lodged with South Dublin County Council during the planning process.

The proposal has been approved by the local authority, and an appeal is currently with An Board Pleanála, who are due to make a decision by October 21.

Notwithstanding the appeal process, Save Clondalkin Convent, hopes to mobilise public opinion and encourage the Presentation Sisters to meet with the group.

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