Originally Posted by pedroeibar1
That is not history - it is fairytale stuff and highly inaccurate. Typical emotive gombeen posting, throw in Anglo, Golden Circle, NAMA, the poor taxpayer and a few more red herrings to grab attention/support. Inaccurate stuff like that belongs in After Hours, not History. Do you guys not even do BASIC research?
For starters the site owners are Chartered Land, the ‘1916’ buildings are preserved
, there is no issue about that and there is a process underway see the Irish Government’s News Service website at http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.ph...24-april-2013/
‘American Philanthropists’ are ten a penny when talking to those who are on pet projects – the simple fact of the matter is that the guys behind this project have done very little because they are all blather and no money and despite lobbying the government i.e.the TAXPAYER (who thankfully told them to go away) have not yet raised sufficient to do anything of note. And that includes cleaning the facade of the building.
Maybe I’m too cynical, but the fact that some of them run a ‘heritage walking tours’ business in the area cannot go unnoticed.
To say a historic building is listed does not mean it is preserved.
12 million for 4 buildings to date is adequate enough. Which is what is ready to go currently and the promise of more if it required in the future. Or it would be if it was a project the government had an interest in. Even if all the SMSC did was stabilise the buildings, which they are requesting to do at present. It would be better, but I think we all know that rich business men/groups mean a hell of a lot more to the wealthy FG ministers than a republican part of our heritage.
The SMSC have had programmes on TG4 and have went to Leinster House with their plans including proof of financial backing but have yet to get permission to go ahead, because well, in Ireland, the rich will always look after their buddies! We see this time and time again. They have also went to Wood Quay with their proposals. They can go nowhere until NAMA relinquish the property from Chartered Lands.
There is no need for another shopping development in the city center. There are too many places already empty. How planning was ever permitted when there is a preservation order on those buildings I will never know. But my gut tells me of the money changing hands that is so synonymous with the previous FF government and of course their friends in FG would be glad to knock those building to the ground. I have little doubt the continued allowing of those buildings to become more and more derelict is so that people won't care what happens as long as they don't have to look at them, so all that need happen is a bit of rough handling and the lot are destroyed "accidentally" if that shopping development goes ahead but people will not be surprised with their previous state.
I am in no way connected with the SMSC group btw, just someone who researched this information and with a love of my country's amazing history.
And this is about the taxpayer and the money in Ireland in general. We cannot afford unnecessary vanity projects of dodgy men and companies when there is no money for such things!