Campaigners fight to protect historic Dublin buildings
Conservationists in Dublin are fighting to stop city planners delisting 500 historic buildings in the Irish capital.
The Irish Georgian Society - which campaigns for all historic buildings in Ireland - is determined to force the local authority to keep the mainly Edwardian and Victorian houses on the Record of Protected Structures.
The group is lobbying city councillors to vote down the delisting proposals at the next council meeting, and has launched a media campaign to raise awareness.
The society's conservation research officer, Emmeline Henderson, told the AJ that most of the threatened homes fall within a 'belt of redbrick terraces that enclose the historic city centre'.
'We are extremely worried about this move, ' Henderson said.
'It seems to us like an extremely backward step for the city.
'Most people didn't know anything about the delisting - including councillors and the media - so now they are aware of what is threatened we hope to defeat the proposals, ' she added.
The planners that proposed the delisting have argued that the move does not endanger Dublin's historic centre, saying it simply aims to get rid of anomalies in the planning system.