Following a motion put forward by Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne, the Pigeon House Precinct, owned by Dublin City Council with plans to dispose of it in the near future, will have to give priority to creative, cultural, artistic, community and green business uses.
Speaking today, Councillor Byrne said the move would protect a long history of creative use in the precinct.
“I have been fascinated by this site for some time. There is a history of creative use of the site, there were artist studios there in the 90s. My sister had one so we used to hang out there, and it has been the location for many film and TV productions.
“In 2015, as part of Pivot Dublin Hidden Rooms event, I was delighted to be placed in the Pigeon House Hotel in a room full of inspiring people to brainstorm development ideas for the site.
“Inspired by that event, when I became aware of DCC plans to dispose of the site, I put forward a motion to ensure that this land, if developed, would be for creative, cultural, community, creative and artistic purposes only. The site isn’t really suitable for housing or large scale offices and the beautiful listed buildings deserve to be used for more and is ideal for much needed studios and incubator space for creative and green start-ups. I am delighted that this motion was agreed and I look forward to the proposals submitted for the site. Between this and the cultural element of the Poolbeg SDZ, we can develop a real creative hub in the City on the peninsula.”