The council is currently considering a planning application which includes a large mosque, a 34 classroom school, conference centre, assembly hall, playground and swimming pool on the site in Clongriffin.
The development also includes a small number of apartments and retail units. It is backed by Gerry Gannon, whose Gannon Developments has funded the nearby Dart station and a range of public facilities in Clongriffin.
These include an internal street network, a 460-space park-and-ride facility, retail outlets, apartments and houses.
He said the inclusion in the plans for “only 192 car parking spaces is entirely inadequate for a 600 people capacity conference centre.”
He also said he failed to see why the application included retail units, including a crèche, bookshop and library, “when there is a vast amount of empty retail units nearby on Main Street.”
Mr Kenny said a meeting would be held on Tuesday week between public representatives and planners.
There was a large mosque in Clonskeagh which blended in well with the surroundings there. The new project could also blend in if it was integrated “with the existing retail, residential, and access footprint in Clongriffin”.
Gerry Gannon background
Gerry Gannon, so-called ‘man in the hat’, is an Irish builder and property developer since the 1980s. Gannon plays a significant and leading role in the build-up and demise of the Irish property bubble. Gannon was at the center of the Anglo Irish Bank hidden loans controversy, which is a contributing element in the development for the 2008–2011 Irish banking crisis.
As reported by the Irish Independent newspapers on February 20, 2011, “a portfolio of properties worth about €12m was transferred into the name of developer Gerry Gannon’s wife, Margaret, between 21 May and 10 December 2009”
One wonders how this man is still in business
EX-ANGLO and chief executive Sean FitzPatrick and two former colleagues have been returned for trial in connection with financial irregularities at the bank.
They are to go on trial accused of unlawfully helping to back a group of investors – including members of Sean Quinn‘s family – to buy shares in the financial institution in 2008.
The three men had been charged in July following a three-and-a-half year probe by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation attached to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) into alleged financial irregularities at the failed bank.
Mr FitzPatrick, a former multi-millionaire, with an address at Camaderry, Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, stepped down in December 2008. Anglo was subsequently nationalised and re-branded the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) with its collapse costing Irish taxpayers about €30 billion.
The charges allege that before it was nationalised, the three men permitted the bank to “give unlawful financial assistance” to 16 named individuals for the purpose of or in connection with a purchase by the same people of shares in the then Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Plc.
It is claimed the alleged unlawful financial help to buy shares was given between July 10 and July 17, 2008 to 15 people – which include the so-called “Maple Ten” group of Irish Investors and several members of Sean Quinn’s family – and from July 17 until July 30, of the same year, to Patricia Quinn, the wife of now bankrupt quarry tycoon.
Among the names on the cha