Religious land in Dublin could be rezoned for residential development

Religious land in Dublin could be rezoned for residential development

Muckross Park College, Donnybrook is one of the affected schools

Land owned by religious congregations in Dublin is set to be rezoned to allow for residential development following a decision to change the Dublin City Development Plan.

According to The Irish Times, the plan – which sets down what developments are permitted in the city – had barred some 770 hectares of institutional land on 186 sites across the city from being used for housing.

More than half the land is held by religious bodies.

Properties that will be affected by the new zoning include more than 130 primary and secondary schools, third-level colleges, health facilities, barracks and museums.

Among the schools are Muckross Park College, Donnybrook; Alexandra College, Milltown; St Louis High School, Rathmines; and the Sisters of Charity St Mary’s home and school for the blind in Dublin.

All Hallows College in Drumcondra and Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, are included, as is RTÉ’s complex at Montrose in Donnybrook.

Read the full story in today’s Irish Times.

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