St Mel’s saga moves online

The controversy surrounding the proposed reconstruction of St Mel’s Cathedral cranked up a notch this week after an online social network page was set up to protest at objections to the works.

Last week it emerged that the planning application for the cathedral’s interior works could be headed for the High Court.

Simply branded ‘Holding Up St Mel’s Cathedral’, the site has so far managed to secure the backing of over 260 users to its Facebook page.

Opening with the tag line ‘Please share with your friends’, the page describes the delay to the project because of objections as “disgraceful” .

In generating 268 ‘likes’ on the debate by midday on Monday, a large number of commentators gave their backing to the online campaign.

“Surely the interests of the GENERAL public should override any silly legal argy bargy..nothing would ever get done if this type of thing were encouraged,” one Facebook user outlined. “The legal system could just stall things endlessly..put the cathedral issue to a local public vote..that way it’s a fair democratic decision with no comeback....if the majority want it,then they should get it.”

However not everyone was in agreement on the Facebook page. Some contributors said the Cathedral project was one that required careful consideration.

“Why is this disgraceful?” another reviewer observed. “Why shouldn’t someone be allowed to object to a planning permission?”

Largely centred on works to the Cathedral’s interior including the fitting of windows and changes to its internal layout, An Bord Pleanala is expected to publish its final decision on the appeal by April 24.


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