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The demolished D4 site

The demolished D4 site

The demolished D4 site

Dublin city councillors have endorsed a motion calling for the restoration of the historic O'Rahilly House that was demolished last week to make way for an apartment complex.

Councillors last night approved a joint emergency motion tabled by Sinn Féin and the Green Party that "deplores" the demolition of the house at 40 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, by developer Derryroe Ltd in order to build 105 apartments.

The house was the former home of Michael Joseph O'Rahilly, a revolutionary leader who was killed during the 1916 Rising.

Controversial

Councillors had intended to hold a debate on the controversial demolition but were cut short due to time limits at the meeting and Covid-19 restrictions.

Green Party councillor Donna Cooney summed up that the general consensus among councillors was that the demolition was a serious blunder.

"This is a very significant house and what happened to it was disastrous," she said.

"It's not just where he died but where his family continued to live."

The council, meanwhile, is to take legal action against the developers.