Cllr for Clondalkin William Carey has come out in opposition to the proposed nursing home to be built on the site of Presentation Convent Clondalkin. Local opposition has grown in Clondalkin since the news broke about the proposed development. Bartra property Ltd have proposed a 155 bedroom nursing home at the site which adjoins the “Immaculate conception church” and was recently granted planning permission by SDCC. Cllr Carey stated that the design and scale of this project would destroy the aesthetics and beauty of the entrance to Clondalkin village at both, Convent rd and New rd. The Sinn Fein Cllr. also stated that the project would also have a detrimental effect upon the 6 schools which are all central to activity in the village. Traffic congestion is a growing problem in Clondalkin village and the proposed development will increase this greatly.

Cllr Carey pointed out that the church and convent are protected structures and a focal point for the community but will become completely obscured by the proposed structure which in turn will affect the desire of tourists to come to Clondalkin. Cllr Carey stated that the proposal was equivalent to Dublin City Council building in front of Christchurch Cathedral and that that this project would be opposed with the same vigour that people had opposed the Wood Quay development.