Plan For Cherry Orchard Due In...


Plan For Cherry Orchard Due In April

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

06:57 14 Feb 2024

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A government backed plan to deal with issues facing one of Dublin's most deprived areas is to be published in April.

The Cherry Orchard Implementation Board was set up in the wake of escalating violence in 2022 that included cars being burnt out, open drug-dealing and joyriding.

The Justice Minister stepped in after a Garda car was rammed, providing funding to address problems facing the community and to improve safety and wellbeing.

Chair of the board, Brendan Foster, says thousands of homes planned for the area will bring employment and much needed facilities;

"A lot of the residents, a lot of the community based organisations will say that over the years they've had some false dawns, they've had plans, they've had lots of launches and some of the funding, or some of the state agencies haven't followed the funding."

But there's concern the strategy is at risk of failing.

Councillor Hazel de Nortúin says local reps are not included on the board and are being drip-fed information. She's worried the board will lose buy-in from the community;

"A lot of hard work has gone in for years to get the community together, having consultation nights, getting their feedback, really getting them on board.

"And I just don't think that it's an option now that if this fails because of the coordination around this board, that we can go back and start again.

This is literally our last try before we lose the community as a whole."

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