Councillors slam sale of school lands in South Dublin

A number of motions addressing concerns over the sale of the lands were presented by councillors

Plans to sell lands that are used as playing fields at Clonkeen College and Our Lady’s Grove primary school have been blasted by councillors at last night’s meeting of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

A number of motions addressing concerns over the sale of the lands were presented by councillors.

The Clonkeen lands in Deansgrange are to be sold by the Christian Brothers for around €18 million, and seven acres of land will be sold.

The sisters of Jesus and Mary plan to sell the 5.4 acre Our Lady’s lands in Goatstown for around €13 million.

The congregation of Christian brothers were slammed by numerous councillors who said they were using the lands as an attempt to get their redress obligations without considering the consequences.

The profits from the lands in Our Lady’s Grove are not to be used for redress, as the sisters do not have any such obligations.

The councillors also said that it was not acceptable for children’s playing lands to be sold off.

It was also suggested that the lands should be sold to the Department of Education in an effort to ensure that the lands remain in school usage.

Calls were also made for the details to be shared with councillors and the public in order to make an informed decision, and for the relevant Minister to stop avoiding the issue.

A number of councillors said that the Minister needs to act due to the complications with the ownership of the lands, with calls made for the government to step in and take action to keep the lands in school use.

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