Water contamination fears put Dublin development on hold

Plans to redevelop several historical Dublin buildings into another luxury apartment complex for the capital have been put on hold after fears were raised over the effects such work would have on local water supplies.

Under the new initiative, the Irish heritage board An Taisce has sought the permission of Dublin City Council to be allowed to demolish the former Harcourt Terrace garda station, as well as several surrounding buildings, including the former headquarters of the country’s film censorship board.

While the team behind the planned development has argued that dozens of new homes will be created for the capital, the site’s location so close to the Grand Canal has prompted concerns from several green groups.

According to the Herald, Waterways Ireland has written to the local council and called on officials to “thoroughly investigate” problems which may be caused by “excessive water infiltration during construction”.

The Grand Union Canal, which runs through the city of Dublin, was recently put forward as a proposed national heritage site.

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