Echo Letters: We are being treated with contempt by those we elected

By Echo Reader

Dear Editor,

NIAMH Redmond’s letter of August 4 gives the impression that if anyone has concerns and considers that the local authority has been unreasonable in its handling of an issue re planning, directly affecting their community, that they can challenge the decision through the office of the ombudsman.

This is not correct. Recently we in the Old Bawn Residents Association were excluded from consultation and denied by our councillors from participating with them in deciding to accommodate a professional League of Ireland soccer club in Dodder Park at Old Bawn.

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We had in 2008 agreed on a plan for the area with the South Dublin Council Council. However without our knowing, our county council has seen fit to change plans and impose unsightly prefabricated changing facilities, hidden behind an ESB substation, right beside our homes.

Our community is being treated unfairly.

We contacted the office of the Ombudsman, only to find out that they have no authority to intervene, because our elected representatives used a section 8 (a reserve function) to deny us the right to challenge the siting of this prefab facility and imposing it on our settled community.

We’ve no comeback. They’ve ruined our village.

Katherine Tynan’s ancestral homeland is a dumping site for the IRFU.

Greenspace in our residential estates is now used for infill housing.

It would not be allowed elsewhere in South Council Dublin. We, in Tallaght, are being treated with contempt, by those we elect to care for our needs. Shame on them.

We have first-rate people in our town, getting second-rate representation.

Aidan Thomas and his 92-year-old friend is right. We’re on our own.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Lawlor, Old Bawn.

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