One of Dublin’s controversial new student housing schemes is breaching its planning permission by letting out rooms for up to €170 per night during the Pope’s visit, later this month, according to Workers’ Party councillor Éilis Ryan.
Pope Francis will touch down at Dublin Airport at 10:30am on Saturday, August 25.
In order to install infrastructure and undertake necessary security measures for the major event on Sun, 26 August, there will be no access to the Phoenix Park OPW by the public from 7pm Friday, 24 August - 7 am Tues, 28 August.
Cllr. Éilis Ryan, who has campaigned extensively against student housing in the inner city, said:“The rooms are being rented for about €80 / night, but the weekend of the Pope’s visit this rises to an astounding €170 per night. The majority of these rooms are available to students for only 41 weeks of the year. This means they making over €2 million in just 11 weeks.
She said: “It proves what the Workers’ Party have been saying for some time. Private student housing does not benefit students - just mega rich developers.”
Cllr. Ryan said: “Purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin is an excuse for developers and investors to make money off building with no obligations whatsoever to those in need of affordable, secure housing. Dublin City Council must clamp down on its misuse.”
To facilitate the visit of Pope Francis to the Phoenix Park, the Phoenix Park will be closed to the public on Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August. This means that Dublin Zoo will not open for these days.
A statement said: "The necessary Dublin Zoo staff have been provided with accreditation allowing entry to the Phoenix Park to ensure that the animals are cared for as normal during this brief closure."
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