Plans re-lodged for controversial Newbridge band hall redevelopment

Sale still being assessed by Charities Regulator

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Plans re-lodged for controversial Newbridge band hall redevelopment

O'Modhráin Hall

Plans for the redevelopment of the controversial O’Modhrán Hall in Newbridge have been re-lodged with Kildare County Council. 

Vincent Byrne of O'Modhrain Hall Ltd, wants to demolish the existing derelict building on Cutlery Road to make way for a new four storey building containing four shop units, two offices and six apartments. He has previously lodged an application but it was declared invalid by the council because the paper work was not complete.

It is understood the sale of a former community hall in Newbridge is still being adjudicated by the Charities Regulator.

A local action group, set up to campaign for the retention of the building for community use, had called for clarity as to whether the sale of O’Modhráin Hall had been approved or not. They had asked the regulator to make a public statement.

When contacted by the Leader, the Charities Regulator declined to comment.

Wilkinson & Price Solicitors, the firm acting on behalf of the trustees who sold the building, was also previously contacted. They were asked if the sale had been approved and if so, what arrangements would be made to give the proceeds to the local community.

Cairbre Finan Snr said the query had been passed on to his clients. He said that any decisions about the whole situation would have to be made in consultation with the charities regulatory body and the sale was subject to their approval. 

The hall was sold at auction on July 26 for €270,000.

The planning process is separate to the sale and an applicant does not have to own a site to apply for permission.

Submissions on the planning file can be made to the council by July 25 and a decision is due on August 15.