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23/10/2021

Protest planned for next Saturday over the sale of an iconic Kildare property

A protest over the sale of an historic piece of property in Kildare town is planned for next Saturday. The impending sale of Magee barracks has caused consternation among members of the Kildare public and the lack of security around the site in recent months has also been a growing cause for concern. Last month a fire broke out at the barracks that resulted in five units of the Kildare Fire Service battling the large blaze for a number of hours and the protest group are disappointed that Kildare County Council have not enforced the defence forces as security for the barracks. It has become an area synonymous with anti-social behaviour in recent times. There are many prefabs on the site and last month the Department of Defence decided that they would demolish many of the outhouses at the barracks. The barracks itself is a listed building and the protest group are also protesting against the failure to hand over 10 acres of land to the town that they had been promised with the closure of the barracks. Barracks gate protest

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