Say NO to building on the St. Paul's Playing Fields (St. Anne's, Raheny)

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This is a photo of St. Anne's park, Raheny, stretching back to the sea at Dollymount. The lands outlined in red are the St. Paul's playing fields which earlier this year were sold by the Vincentian Fathers to a property developer.
These lands were in the ownership of Dublin City Council from 1938 until 1953 when they were acquired as additional playing fields by the Vincentian Fathers for their school, St. Paul's College. The playing fields remained open to the park until 2001 when a fence was erected around them.
Because these were institutional lands, of high amenity value, in the middle of a park, they were protected by our planning laws from residential development.
In 2013, as a result of a legal action, Dublin City Council were forced to amend the zoning on religious and institutional lands to allow for 'consideration of residential development'. In 2015, these lands were sold to a developer.
Having paid approximately €4,000 to Dublin City Council for these lands in 1953, the Vincentian Fathers received a reported €18,000,000 on foot of this sale in 2015. The Irish Times report that should permission be granted, the value of the land itself will increase to €80 million. Good news for the developer Crekav Trading Ltd., and their financial backers M&G Investments (subsidiary of Prudential). Bad news for St. Anne's and the people of north Dublin.
We believe that development on these lands, which are and always have been in the heart of St. Anne's, is an abuse of the 2013 amendment to Z15 and we object to any residential development of any kind here.
These lands run alongside the main avenue of St. Anne's from the Sybil Hill gate to the Millennium Arboretum. They are bordered by ancient Scots Pine and Holm Oaks, planted by the Guinness family who were the original owners of the estate. They form a visual part of the park and are integral to the character of the park.
The construction of a residential development in this part of the green belt is wholly inappropriate, conflicts squarely with zoning and would have a ruinous impact on the special character of the park.

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