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To: Ministers Darragh O'Brien & Patrick O'Donovan, Eamonn Ryan, Catherine Martin.

Save The Iveagh Gardens

We call on the Government Ministers to carry out a thorough examination of the OPW's plan to 'transform' the protected Iveagh Gardens before millions of public money is spent on a plan that is in its very premise questionable.
Erasing extant protected heritage to facilitate the OPW's 're-imagining' of the past,
displays an out of touch arrogance and a cavalier engagement with what is a treasured city park.
The proposed new landscaping, is unsustainable in design and unsympathetic to the old extant Ninian Niven landscaping already in existence in the park.
We call on the OPW to engage in proper public consultation and to listen to the concerns of the thousands of people who have signed the petition against the development.

Why is this important?

The Iveagh Gardens are under threat – again.
Having let the last permission (2016) run out the OPW have once more applied for planning permission for their development in the Iveagh Gardens.
This new proposal is exactly the same as the last one but this time there is some more protection for some of the trees.
The basic premise of the proposal is to
'reimagine' the gardens back to how they were in 1865 by re-connecting the Iveagh Gardens with the NCH. In other words demolishing part of the wall, creating 'universal access' and an urban realm 'animated by diners..'
In order to impose their 're-invigoration of the Gardens' the OPW fails appreciate that they will be erasing a piece of extant heritage and destroying the character of a cherished city gem.
The plan ignores the fact that the Iveagh Gardens are catering to a vital need as a peaceful place of recreation in an urban landscape that offers very few opportunities for city dwellers to connect with nature
The proposal is out of date and the OPW need to go back to the drawing board.
The proposal consistently refers to the Dublin City Development plan of 2016- 2022 and ignores the aims and objectives of the Dublin City Development plan 2022-2028 and the EU biodiversity strategy 2030 which ' calls on all cities in the EU to protect and promote biodiversity'.

Biodiversity is one of the key objectives in the new DCC plan but this proposal, staggeringly, does not mention biodiversity once.
There is a wholly inadequate mention of bat protection during the 'site clearance' but zero recognition of the effect the site clearance will have on the bat and bird
In the midst of a biodiversity crisis this is completely unacceptable.
We say leave the Iveagh Gardens intact.
Protect biodiversity. Protect our heritage.
Respect people's need for peaceful green spaces. Save the Iveagh Gardens!

Let's get this petition moving again!
Iveagh Gardens, St Stephen's Green, Park, Dublin 2, D02 HX65, Ireland

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2023-04-25 17:23:26 +0100

Since the aforementioned DCC approval for the plan last November I lodged an appeal on behalf of STIG with An Bord Pleannala. As a result of that appeal, and another that was put in, the plan has been placed on hold. ABP appear to be suffering a backlog so there is still no news on the decision.
The appeal got noticed by Irish Times journalist Eoin Burke Kennedy who wrote two separate IT’s articles.
So the fate of Iveagh Gardens is still undecided.

2022-11-29 20:50:09 +0000

I'm sorry to have to announce that the OPW have been successful Dublin City Council have granted them planning permission - for the second time.
It seems precious city biodiversity doesn't count for much when the OPW go looking for planning.
It also seems protected structures don't count for much either or important green refuges and places of recreation. The Save the Iveagh Gardens will be doing everything in its power, with your help, to block this arrogant takeover of a public park.

2022-10-28 15:39:22 +0100

I've just submitted my observation to DCC. Only a few days left before the Nov 2nd deadline.
Here's the link again
Planning ref 4951/22 . If you were thinking of putting in observations- The erasure of biodiversity is a strong point.
Mention that this is an important aim and objective in DC development plan 2022- 2028 and the proposal ignores this. Good luck!

2021-12-01 15:54:19 +0000

I am very happy to announce that the destructive plan I have been fighting against for the last four years will not now be going ahead.
This is fantastic news for our much loved Iveagh Gardens, great news for Dublin City and its citizens. Heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all of you who have spoken out in your 10's of thousands to show your love and respect for this unique city park.

2021-05-27 19:17:48 +0100

The PAC ( Public Accounts Committee)
Have written a damning report concerning the OPW's mismanagement of its building projects.
The report bolsters our belief that the Iveagh Gardens/NCH plan must be put under proper scrutiny in terms of accountability, transparency ,best practice and best use of public money.

2021-03-05 18:04:27 +0000

Thank you to everyone who has signed in recent days. It's amazing to watch the petition climbing so rapidly again to nearly 45k. Having fought this at times lonely battle for three years, it is energising and encouraging to see how much love and support there is for this precious and unique part of our built heritage. We're standing up for The Iveagh Gardens, we're standing up for our built heritage, we're standing up for our city wildlife. Thank you

2020-10-30 17:04:12 +0000

Thank you for signing. Your help in trying to Save the Iveagh Gardens is really appreciated. We are aiming to get to 50k we can do it!

2020-10-12 13:46:59 +0100

The OPW have informed The Save the Iveagh Gardens that the work which was to commence in The Autumn of 2020 (now) has been postponed till 2021. No date has been given. The campaign has raised the issue of the threat to the Iveagh Gardens with Minister Patrick O'Donovan who has replaced Kevin 'Boxer' Moran,as Minister with responsibility for the OPW. We are waiting to hear his response. The campaign has also contacted housing Minister Darragh O'Brien who has Heritage in his portfolio and Dublin's new Mayor Hazel Chu.

2020-02-05 20:47:42 +0000

Right. After a bit of a lull and a false sense of security the OPW have the plan back on the table for 2020. See (The Journal Sept '19) The prospect of the destruction of the wildlife habitat is just awful. A pair of Ravens can be spotted in the Gardens most mornings and there are many birds and bats that inhabit the gardens as well as the insects and all the other 'invisible' creatures that will go under the bulldozer when they clear the wood. There is no date set for the work to commence - yet. When there is we will mobilise to stop this destruction. The campaign will be calling on city dwellers, nature lovers, history lovers, lovers(!) garden lovers, architectural heritage lovers, landscape lovers, old wall lovers, peace lovers, green space lovers, as well as the musicians and comedians who have perform in The Gardens to stand in solidarity with The Iveagh Gardens. Watch This Space!

2019-05-17 11:33:21 +0100

I wrote to most of the candidates standing in Dublin South East constituency and asked them where they stood on proposed Science Museum plan.
I got three responses so far.

Sarah Durcan(SD'S) : 'I've been following your campaign with interest for the past couple of years, and you have my full support!'

Jacqui GilBourne (Renua): The Iveagh Gardens should be left intact... i say no to any building leading to the loss of green space and the knocking of trees... there is enough building space without developing the Iveagh Gardens....'

Danny Byrne (FG):'I would like to meet you and or any of your neighbours at the gardens so as I can assess for myself.'

I'll post them as I get them.....

2018-11-19 21:03:49 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2018-11-12 20:51:59 +0000
If you haven't seen it already This Article by Paddy Woodworth was in The Irish Times Saturday 3rd of November. Very grateful to Paddy for giving the threat to the Iveagh Gardens
a proper airing. Thank you also to Derek Speirs for generously allowing his photographs to be used.

2018-08-12 15:11:45 +0100

Great news! The Iveagh Gardens have been awarded a green flag by An Taisce in recognition that they are a QUALITY green space. This is a big boost to the Save the Iveagh Gardens Campaign. It is formal acknowledgment of the Gardens value as a city centre green space. Hats off to An Taisce for giving the Iveagh Gardens this important recognition and support! The OPW and Exploration Station have to listen to the growing opposition to their proposed plaza, perimeter destruction and four story concrete and glass building. If they continue with their plan it will be one of the worst cases of state sponsored destruction of a protected monument in recent decades.

2017-12-13 08:48:26 +0000

The OPW architect responsible for the Children's Museum was asked by Cllr. Chris Andrews to present the proposal of the new Children's Science Centre to Dublin City Council. I attended this meeting. The OPW architect referred to the Iveagh Gardens as they are now in pejorative language. The current entrance from NCH as 'a hole in the wall' the old wall as 'just a blank wall' and the trees as 'self seeded' the wooded area as an area of neglect. The OPW are not interested in people's concerns. Staggeringly when pressed on the sentence in the An Bord Pleannala report that states: A small section of the proposal would be partly located in the Iveagh Gardens'. The OPW architect replied 'That's an error'. An error? In the ABP report? A significant sentence in the report is wrong. And we are supposed to trust this report? The ABP planning report needs to be challenged.

2017-10-26 10:57:19 +0100

Inaccurate Article in the Irish Times by Olivia Kelly today states OPW development will GO UP TO THE BOUNDARY wall. This is not what the plan says. Notice they didn't use the photograph of the building that was in previous IT article back in February which shows clearly the impact on Iveagh Gardens