People Before Profit Cllr Hazel de Nortúin was distressed to learn of additional fires at the De La Salle monastery site on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January. On the evening of Thursday 17th January, she personally witnessed the emergency services in the midst of tackling the blaze.
She said: “It is completely unacceptable to once again discover the De La Salle monastery in this state. I have been in contact with the council previously about the monastery being broken into and damaged. On foot of this, there was an agreement between the council and the developer who now owns the site that 24/7 security would be employed to look after the site and prevent further damage to it.
“The developer has abjectly failed in their responsibility and proven themselves unable to maintain the site. This is a serious case of health and safety as people could be seriously injured or worse. If the developer plans to continue to sit on this land and allow it to further deteriorate, it will be of huge loss to the community of Ballyfermot. The site should be placed into council ownership and suitably protected until it can be developed in consultation with the local residents.
“I have been in contact with the council and have been pushing for them to take action on this issue. The developer has also been contacted and will be facing serious questions regarding their neglect of this site.”