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Thursday 21 November 2019

Varadkar supports calls for demolition of Ana death house

Glenwood House in Lucan
Glenwood House in Lucan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called for the house where Ana Kriegel was murdered last year to be demolished.

Mr Varadkar was speaking after politicians in the Lucan area said it would be appropriate for Glenwood House to be removed from the record of protected structures in order to allow for its demolition.

The house, built in the 1800s, fell into disrepair in recent years, but cannot be demolished by Fingal County Council because of its protected status.

It is owned by Sherborough Properties, which bought it in the early 2000s, but there are no immediate plans to develop it.

The house is located on the border of Dublin and Kildare and lies in Mr Varadkar's Dublin West constituency.

"It's very hard to pass that building without thinking about what happened there and it's not, in my view, a building of enormous architectural merit," Mr Varadkar told reporters yesterday.

"I would like to see that designation lifted by the council as well and to have that building demolished, absolutely."

His comments came after local Fine Gael councillor Ted Leddy, who works in the Taois- each's office, led calls for the property to be removed from the protected structure list in order to allow it to be knocked down.

Several other local councillors said they had no objection to the demolition of the building.

In order for a building to be removed from the record of protected structures, the relevant local authority must inform the minister, as well as a number of other state agencies including the Heritage Council, the Arts Council, An Taisce and Failte Ireland.

It must also display a sign for between six and 10 weeks to inform the public and allow them to make any comments.

Sentenced

Ana was murdered at Glenwood House in May last year.

Two boys, known only as Boy A and Boy B, who were convicted of her murder, were sentenced at the Central Criminal Court this week.

Boy A was sentenced to a term of life on the first count of murder and will serve an initial 12 years followed by a review. Boy B will serve a term of 15 years, with the sentence to be reviewed after eight years.

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