Petition is successful with 46,673 signatures
To: Ministers Darragh O'Brien & Patrick O'Donovan
Save The Iveagh Gardens
I am so happy to be able to inform you that the Save the Iveagh Gardens campaign will be ending very soon.
Save the Iveagh Gardens is now - Saved! The Iveagh Gardens.
The plan to build a plaza, fell the trees, destroy the beautiful old wall, destroy the wildlife habitat and last but not least build a giant four story museum on the perimeter encroaching on the gardens, will not now be happening.
I started this campaign with this petition in 2017.
I was aghast to realise that a protected structure like the Iveagh Gardens wasn't in fact protected at all.
I was bewildered that An Bord Pleannala granted permission for the plan to go ahead.
You know you have a big problem when the stewards of the city are the ones doing the damage.
It was an urgent wake up call, the realisation that the people charged with protecting our heritage aren't protecting it.
I wrote many, many, many emails to TDS & Councillors searching for sympathetic support in positions of influence.
I held two 'Listen to the Gardens' events in the Gardens which many of you attended.
The petition reached over 46,672 signatures. I couldn't believe how quickly they mounted.
At one stage I was pressured to take the petition down. I knew then there was a chance the campaign could win.
I didn't take it down, of course I didn't, the petition was the strongest weapon in the fight against this preposterous plan.
In the end we won.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who signed and helped this campaign to win.
Because of your support the Iveagh Gardens will remain intact for all of us to cherish and for future generations too.