Cllr. Andrew Keegan, People Before Profit, has launched a campaign to stop the sale of the Dame Street Plaza to private interests.
Cllr Keegan will be putting forward an emergency motion on the sale of this land at the next Dublin Council Meeting council meeting and has asked DCC management for an update on their position of the sale.
In a statement, Cllr Keegan said: “I am opposed to this sale for a number of reasons: It privatises a public space that is used for gatherings of civil society and removes an iconic building from the public portfolio.
“Control of a public space will end up in private hands, more than likely a foreign fund company and this could lead to the public square being fenced off or built on.
“To date Dublin City Council has had no contact with Central Bank of Ireland. Most Dublin City Councillors are unaware of the potential loss of this public Space, just a few hundred meters from City Hall.
“Ironically the art work on the Plaza, the Crann an Oir by Eamonn O’Doherty is public art and it is intended to remain on the plaza which is to be privatised. What will its status be after the sale?
“At the moment, the CBOI is putting its main focus on market value and only vaguely recognises the public interest.”
The official website of the CBOI states : ‘The property belongs to CBOI and is committed to achieving full market value for the Dame Street premises while recognising the public interest in the process.’’ CBOI official website.
Cllr Keegan, however argued that there is no public interest in selling off these buildings and Plaza and any public assets on the cheap.
· Once these public buildings are sold there is only monetary return for the state.
· The building is old and should be refurbished and rented by the Bank for the State.
· The people who bailed out the banking system, and so far has got no return in doing so should be consulted, on this sale regardless whether CBOI sees itself as independent or not.
· To think those who caused the banking crisis benefited from the purchase of state property on the cheap.