Joint Statement CRA & I Love St Annes | St Paul's Playing Fields

28 May 2018

Joint Statement from Clontarf Residents’ Association and I Love St Anne’s Group

Re: St. Paul’s Playing Fields in St Anne’s

In early April there were two public meetings held to discuss the community response to the An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for a large-scale residential development on the playing pitches to the rear of St Paul’s College, Raheny.  

We were truly shocked and disappointed by that decision especially in the light of the Dublin City Council Report recommending refusal of the development.

The community at large was united in their opposition to the development.   So too were our public representatives - across the political spectrum.  This is not something that happens often if at all.  

On the basis of the mandate we received at those public meetings we undertook to get legal advice on the grounds to challenge that decision.  

We have been quietly working away on this matter and we wish to advise you that we have, today, lodged papers in the High Court, seeking leave for such a Judicial Review.  The matter has been adjourned for mention before Judge Barniville on Thursday 31st May at 11 am.  

This is the first step in this next phase of what could be a long process.  We appreciate the support you have given to the campaign and we hope we can count on your continued support as we move forward. 

Funding for the campaign has so far come from those who donated/pledged funds at the public meetings.  We will be launching a wider appeal for funding later in the week.  

Given that this matter is now before the Courts we will not be in a position to comment further on proceedings for the moment.  As soon as we have a further update we will let you know.  In the meantime, you can contact us at or