Mayor of South Dublin County Mark Ward is delighted to see a vacant site receive planning permission to be turned in to homes recently. The Council depot in Quarryvale, Clondalkin known locally as the “Coffee Shop” has been vacant for over 20 years and is a hive of anti-social behaviour as well as an eye sore. This was agreed at yesterday sitting of the Council in South Dublin. Mayor Ward said: “The “Coffee Shop” in Quarryvale has been vacant for over 20 years now. It is a blight on the landscape and to see it boarded up for all these years especially in the midst of the biggest housing crisis in the history of the state was shameful” “The “Coffee Shop” was originally a community house that was a hive of activity during my childhood and I have many fond memories of time I spent there as a youth. The people who ran the coffee shop were old fashioned community activists that had the heart of the community at its core”

“Over 20 years ago this facility was returned to the Council and it was used as depot and storage space for years. It was a complete waste of space. It is a hive of anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping and it brings my area down” “I’m delighted that my campaign to see it developed into housing was successful.  As soon as I became a Councillor I have worked on the issue of turning this facility into much needed housing stock” “This was a key objective I had when I was elected Mayor this year and I want to thank the Council management in working with me on this and delivering this project”. “This site will now become a 2 homes, a 3 bedroom and a 2 bedroom home. Whilst this alone does not solve the housing crisis it solves the housing crisis for the two families that will move into them. It will also remove the blot on the landscape in Quarryvale”