Almost 800 people have signed a petition calling for the state to save the Iveagh Markets in Dublin city from further dereliction.
The building on Francis Street in the Liberties has been empty for more than two decades while a legal battle over it's ownership continues.
Hotelier Martin Keane signed a lease with Dublin Corporation over twenty years ago to develop the markets but the plans have never materialised.
— Reclaim Iveagh Markets Campaign (@IveaghMarkets) December 5, 2022
The first Earl of Iveagh built the market but gifted it in 1906 to the people of Dublin.
Sinn Féin TD Aengus O Snodaigh raised the issue in the Dáil last week;
"If it is left to the vagrancies of winter again more damage will be done. When it was closed I think Dublin city council estimated it would cost one or two million to refurbish it, it is now there talking about twenty million."