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These are the new plans for Dun Laoghaire's derelict baths

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THE PLANS FOR the derelict baths at Dun Laoghaire have been unveiled.

They will go to public consultation shortly.

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council wants to redevelop the public baths site, which is adjacent to Dún Laoghaire’s East Pier.

The details of the plans were announced by council officials in a presentation to the elected members from the Dún Laoghaire side of the council on Monday.

The site has been derelict since 1997. The baths were constructed in 1843, before being completely redeveloped by the Kingstown Town Council in 1910.

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Fianna Fáil Councillor Cormac Devlin said that the latest proposal from council officials “would retain the existing structure but include a new pedestrian connection between the promenade at Newtownsmith and the back of the East Pier”.

The bandstand will be restored at the Beach Gardens area, and a café terrace will be constructed.

Proposed new amenities include a small café, art gallery, improved maritime gardens and a new jetty for access to the sea for kayaks, canoes and small craft.

He said that the new proposals “are in keeping with the low rise built environment surrounding the site”.

“The plans will also ensure the site remains in public ownership, provide additional amenities on the seafront while also linking the promenade at Newtownsmith to the East Pier,” he added.

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The council will shortly begin a statutory public consultation process.

Cllr Devlin encouraged locals to make their views heard.

Councillors Michael Merrigan (independent) and John Bailey (Fine Gael) have jointly tabled a motion that the new walkway between Newtownsmith and the East Pier be named in honour of local man Sir Roger Casement, who was executed in 1916.

All photos via Cllr Cormac Devlin.

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