Local Labour Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones has called on the state to purchase Killester’s Legion Hall and ensure that is used as a community amenity, rather than sold or redeveloped.
Cllr Horgan-Jones wrote to the Minister for Heritage, Arts and Gealtacht requesting his Department to consider the purchase of the Legion Hall, which has recently come onto the market at a price of €50,000.
“The Killester Legion Hall is of huge historical importance to the local community and more widely. It is believed to be one of the last remaining British Legion Halls in the Republic of Ireland.”
“The Killester housing development was built by the Soldiers and Sailors Land Trust in the 1920s, for soldiers returning from the First World War and their families. The areas known as The Demesne, Middle Third and Abbeyfield are listed as a residential conservation area and the Legion Hall stands as its centrepiece in the middle of a large green area.”
“In recent years it has become run down and dilapidated, sadly becoming an eye sore and undermining its historical significance.”
“The site has also been the subject of numerous planning applications which I have strenuously opposed along with local residents. Most recently, An Bord Pleanála granted permission in 2011 for the site to be developed as a crèche. This would have destroyed the site’s historic and cultural significance forever.”
“This week the site came on the market and I immediately wrote to the Minister asking his department to place a bid on behalf of the State and bring the building into public ownership.”
“It would be a fitting tribute in the Centenary Anniversary of the commencement of the Great War for the State were to purchase this building on behalf of the Irish people and restore it as an amenity that could be used by the whole community.”
“I will continue to raise this matter with the Minister until I get a satisfactory response.”