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City asked to get advice on Tank Field

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 5:00pm

A request for legal advice about the Tank Field won’t stop the building of the new school on the site, which began on Monday.

City Hall has been asked to seek external advice about the eastern side of the field which doesn’t concern or won’t stop Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn from being constructed.

Fine Gael Cllr Joe Kavanagh tabled the motion asking for the advice at Monday’s meeting of Cork City Council as a packed gallery full of residents from the area watched on.

The land, on the eastern side of the Tank Field, has been disposed of to a sporting club but it is zoned as a green open space and not for sporting use. Residents in the area do not want to lose their green area.

Cllr Kavanagh told the newspaper: “I was asking for legal advice about the disposal. The public open space is zoned for amenity use, not for sporting space. Several years ago, Cork City Council tried to rezone it for sporting use but councillors at the time voted against that.”

During the meeting Fianna Fáil’s John Sheehan asked what external legal advice would cost the council.

Chief Executive Ann Doherty said that it was not something she could answer: “I wouldn’t dream of guessing,” she said.

Prior to the meeting, Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn held a large demonstration outside City Hall to celebrate the fact that construction had started on the new school, which has been in the pipeline for years.

Speaking about the building of Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn, its principal Deaglán Ó Deargáin told the media: “This is a fabulous plan. If you go up to have a look at what’s happening, it’s taking shape already. This is a very positive step for the area.

“We wanted to let councillors know that we are delighted with the fact that our new school has started and that the builders have moved in today (Monday) finally.”

Cllr Kavanagh’s original motion could have meant the construction couldn’t proceed.

However, during the meeting, the northside councillor amended it to remove the line that no further development is to be carried until the legal advice is sought.

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