Monthly Archive for August, 2010

O’Gorman meets Minister Cuffe over concerns about Castleknock development


Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman and a delegation from the Castleknock Residents Action Group (CRAG) met with the Minister for State for Planning, Ciaran Cuffe to discuss concerns about a large scale development in Castleknock Village.

“Last week I took a delegation from the Castleknock Residents Action Group (CRAG) to meet the Minister for State for Planning, Ciaran Cuffe. CRAG had requested this meeting in order to be able to discuss with Minister Cuffe their concerns about the large commercial and residential development in the centre of Castleknock Village behind the old Flower Shop. This development has met with massive resistance from residents of the village, but has been pushed strongly by Fingal County Council”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“Myself and the CRAG representative outlined to the Minister our concerns about how Fingal County Council drew up an Urban Centre Strategy for Castleknock, but never put the draft version out to public consultation and never permitted local councillors to officially vote on it. We also highlighted how the architects firm that drew up the UCS for the Council were also at the same time drawing up the planning application for the developer of the Flower Shop site”.

“While as a Minister in the Department of the Environment, Ciaran Cuffe cannot interfere with the grant of planning permission by a local authority or An Bord Pleanala, he did express his surprise at the manner in which this situation was handled and in particular, the way in which the views of the residents of Castleknock Village have been completely ignored. He asked myself and CRAG to supply him with more details of our concerns surrounding the process followed by Fingal County Council”.  

“Going forward, it is absolutely essential that all references to this flawed Urban Centre Strategy are deleted from the current draft of the Fingal County Development Plan, so that it does not get statutory approval through the back door. Both myself and CRAG will be pressuring local councillors to make this vital amendment”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.


Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Report on Planning Failures highlights importance of new Green Party Planning Laws – O’Gorman



Green Party Dublin West representative Roderic O’Gorman has stated that a report on planning failures during the Celtic Tiger period highlights the importance of recent new laws introduced by the Green Party in Government.

“The publication of the recent report ‘A Haunted Landscape: Housing and Ghost Estates in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’ by a number of planners highlights the awful legacy of the disasterious planning policies that were pursued at both national and local level during the Celtic Tiger period. In particular, it has highlighted the fact that in the examination of the economic crisis up to this point, very little emphasis has been placed on the role of bad planning in allowing the huge housing boom which, when it collapsed, crippled our economy”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“Many of the issues addressed by the report have now been addressed by the new Planning Act, 2010, which is the most significant reform of how planning in undertaken in this country in decades.  This new law was a key priority for the Green Party in Government. Our ministers will continue to work to ensure good planning across the country so that the mistakes that helped undermine our economy and left poor housing across the country can never be allowed happen again”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.


Further Information: 087 417 9777

Update: See report of critical response to the NUIM document here