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04/05/2018

Tussle over key vacant Dublin sites

Words: Roger Milne
Vacant land tussle in Dublin / iStock

State agency Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is embroiled in a wrangle with a local authority over land it owns at Leopardstown in Dublin.

The agency is contemplating proposals for housing, a hotel and a school on two sites there which extend to 18 hectares and which Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has classed as vacant and valued at €79 million.

The charge for these combined sites leaves HRI facing a bill of €2.37 million next year, and €5.53 million the year after, if the land remains undeveloped.

According to local councillors, the land could be used for 1,000 social and affordable housing units. The council has written to housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy requesting public housing on some of the land.

HRI is appealing the inclusion of both sites on the council’s vacant land register.

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