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Fingal Co Co Rezoning Shennanigans

  • 19-03-2011 7:53pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 7,221 ✭✭✭

    Somethings never change. It's business as usual with rezonings in Fingal Co Co. Despite the advice of the county manager, coucillors still voted to rezone lands to benefit one specific development (a hotel and 22 houses) called Holmpatrick Cove.

    Bizarrely, the proposer a Ciaran Byrne (Lab) is listed as a contact in an advert for the development!! He's been urged to abstain in the interest of public ethics.

    Will we ever learn? With this type of malarky going on we are never going to be in a position to provide services and transport in a efficient manner.

    Full story is here: Councillor listed in advertisement for development urged to abstain on vote


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 778 ✭✭✭Essexboy

    All too common, I am afraid.

    The reality is that the rezoning of these lands will overwhelmingly benefit the landowner with very few benefits to the wider community or jobs created. Sinn Féin hypocritically supported the rezoning.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,235 ✭✭✭lucernarian

    That county manager is a law unto himself and I wouldn't care for his "opinion" on what brand of toilet paper I should buy:rolleyes:

    Having said that, it's very bizarre to see such lands being rezoned.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,221 ✭✭✭BrianD

    It's even more bizarre to see a member of the council with voting rights appear as the contact on an advert for the developer.

    There was a follow up article in the Irish Times where it seems Cllr. Byrne thinks that people asking the right questions about his involvement in this vote are engaged in a "smear campaign". Hard to believe that this type of shennigans is still going on in North Co. Dublin after Ray Burke et al. Serious questions have to be asked about the behaviour of this individual. In my opinion, it is not ethical to behave in this way. He should have abstained.

    Developer seems to got his way and the the community gets damn all in return - couple of football pitches and access to a swimming pool that appears it was going to be built anyway as part of the development.

    I suppose we get who we vote for.

    From the Irish Times:

    "Councillor a victim of 'dirty' campaign on rezoning decision


    A FINGAL county councillor has said he has been the victim of a “dirty”, personalised smear campaign aimed at stopping a rezoning decision to allow a residential and leisure development.

    Ciarán Byrne sought a change in zoning in the new county development plan to accommodate Holmpatrick Cove, near Skerries. A Labour councillor, he is listed as a contact in an advertisement for the development in the Skerries Chamber of Commerce directory.

    Socialist TD Clare Daly, a Fingal councillor until the election, said there were ethical issues with Mr Byrne’s involvement and that he should abstain from future votes on the development plan.

    In the last set of council meetings on the development plan, Mr Byrne proposed lands at a site at Holmpatrick, about 1km from the centre of Skerries, be given a new zoning designation, allowing a specific development.

    Most of the lands had been zoned open space. The new “local objective” zoning would allow the construction of 22 houses and a hotel, but only if three playing fields and a swimming pool were built for use by the community.

    In a final set of votes on the plan this week, Socialist councillor Ruth Coppinger proposed that Mr Byrne’s changes, which were opposed by the county manager, should be reversed. Her motion was defeated by 13 votes to nine, meaning the Holmpatrick Cove development would be included in the plan. Mr Byrne did not abstain.

    He had rarely encountered such “dirty” smear tactics, he said. “I’m delighted that these abhorrent tactics have been consigned to the dustbin of history and that the clearly expressed will of the vast majority of the people of Skerries was vindicated in the chamber of Fingal County Council.”

    A council spokeswoman said it was not aware of any breach of rules by Mr Byrne."

  • Registered Users Posts: 201 ✭✭Duzzer

    These lands are owned by an ex Fine Gael trustee.