[Audio] Local residents now slightly happier about Prison Extension

3rd March 2014
By Tom Collins

The Irish Prison Service and PJ Hegarty Builders have kept open dialogue
with residents living near the 35 million euro extension to Cork prison.

The current facility at Rathmore Road is being extended by 150 cells, and
is on schedule to open in late 2015.

The extension was able to bypass the normal planning permission process
because of an exemption in law for prisons.

When construction began in late January residents were still expressing
concern about the height of the buildings and walls, reduction of light
into homes and gardens, and vibrations from construction equipment.

However, a meeting late last week between stakeholders was described as
“extremely worthwhile” by local City Councillor Thomas Gould from Sinn Fein.


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