Consultancy firm ally fears of residents over Good Shepherd site

Consultancy firm ally fears of residents over Good Shepherd site

The Good Shepherd Convent site, where there are plans by Moneda Developments to build 234 apartments. Picture; Larry Cummins

CORK City Council officials and the consultancy firm overseeing plans for the development of the Good Shepherd Convent have moved to allay the concerns of local residents about works being carried out on the site in recent days.

In September, Moneda Developments was given an additional three months to provide further information for planning application on the site of the former Magdalene Laundry.

Cork City Council had previously asked the company to provide measures to identify undocumented graves and asked for a geophysical survey to be carried out by a team of experts in the field of identifying burial sites.

Concerned readers of the Evening Echo told of heavy machinery work being carried out on the site in the last week.

A spokesperson for consultancy firm Coakley O'Neill said the work being carried out was to prepare for the geophysical survey requested by the local authority.

“[The work] is to facilitate the archaeological assessment being undertaken on behalf of the site owner in response to the request for further information from Cork City Council," they said.

Cork City Council said the work is being supervised by an archaeologist with respect to the nature of the site.

“We are aware of the work and it is being carried out under the supervision of licensed archaeologists. One of Cork City Council’s archaeologists has visited the site and is happy that all is in order.”

Moneda Developments - a Dundalk firm - are planning 234 apartments on the 3.14-hectare site, a former convent that has been left empty since the mid-1990s.

Moneda has until January 17 to submit further information on the project to Cork City Council.

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