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Christmas Kingdom WILL be going ahead in Malahide

This follows another meeting earlier today between local organisations and community representatives.

Rosanna Davison at the launch of the Christmas Kingdom last month
Rosanna Davison at the launch of the Christmas Kingdom last month
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A DRAMATIC U-TURN this evening has seen the go-ahead given for the Christmas Kingdom in Malahide.

The controversial attraction had drawn criticism from some locals living in the surrounding Marina Village, who complained that it was taking up too much of the green it is situated on and that it could draw in anti-social behaviour.

A meeting yesterday between the local authority and residents saw a decision taken to stop the event going ahead on the green area.

However, after a meeting this afternoon between community representatives, local councillors, the chamber of commerce and management from Fingal County Council, the Christmas Kingdom is now back on.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Fianna Fáil senator and Malahide local Darragh O’Brien, said: “It was a bad couple of days for Malahide to be honest. The publicity didn’t reflect well on a fantastic place to live.”

O’Brien was in attendance today and said an agreement had been reached between the interested parties.

“It is great for everyone. The residents who did have genuine concerns will have those addressed as well,” he went on.

Local councillors Keith Redmond, Anthony Lavin and Eoghan O’Brien were all present at the meeting.

As part of concessions that have been made, a number of fairground rides will be moved to Malahide Castle and there will be open access to the green for the local residents.

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christmas kingdom Hannah O'Reilly at the launch of the Christmas Kingdom earlier this month

A free shuttle service is set to be put in place for transport between the green and Malahide Castle and security will be providing 24-hour protection against anti-social behaviour.

In a statement issued a short a short while ago, Fingal County Council said that it was “delighted to announce Christmas Events for Malahide Village”.

It went on to say:

A number of options were considered, following which it was decided not to relocate the event from Malahide as it would have implications for the community, local businesses, and to people who have already purchased tickets.

The council has also stated that it will be taking steps in future to ensure greater resident consultation prior to future events.

Read: Christmas Kingdom moved out of Malahide after residents protest at meeting

Also: 70 energy-efficient houses are in the works for Dublin’s Malahide Road

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