Plans to turn former Magdalene Laundry site into a hotel facing opposition

Plans to turn a former Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin into a hotel are being met with opposition.

The site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin. Photo: Dublin City Council.

Dublin City Council might sell the site, which is the last laundry in the ownership of the State.

The two-acre site, known as the Convent Lands, was formerly owned by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity.

A public meeting will be held later today to discuss to discuss plans for the site, as well as how best to honour the women of the laundry by building a commemorative centre there.

Social Democrats City Councillor Gary Gannon says they need to create something with meaning to the women and he does not think that building a hotel at that location is a good idea.

"Late today we're holding a meeting because we think it's extraordinarily important that the last Magdalene Laundry that is in the protection of the State isn't sold off," he said.

"Beyond that, we think we can create something really special on that particular site in the heart of the North Inner City, we think we can create a proper commemorative centre."

- Digital Desk


Related Articles

Government urged to produce records on Magdalene Laundries

Comment: Compensation for Magdalene survivors remains unresolved five years on

Women excluded from Magdalene laundries redress must provide ‘records’ of work

Survivors of ‘adjoining’ laundries to receive pay-outs

More in this Section

Gardaí investigating after body of baby found on beach in Dublin

Fianna Fáil: 68,000 people waiting for speech and language or occupational therapies assessments

Nurses were victims in 70% of assaults on hospital staff since 2008, HSE figures show

TDs hit out at Shane Ross' 'draconian' plans for speeding penalties


Lifestyle

Lindsay Woods: At a time of year when the pace is frenzied and days are full of school plays and deadlines, the chance to break from routine is a welcome one

On the red carpet: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Cheryl

Raise a glass to Christmas festivities

The best festive desserts to try out this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner