RESIDENTS living close to the site of Conor McGregor’s sprawling €100 million apartment complex are being driven batty by the racket.
Heavy drilling at the south Dublin building project is claimed to have strayed beyond the 6pm cut off point.
Residents living close to the site of Conor McGregor’s €100 million apartment complex are being driven batty by the racket
Drilling at the building project is claimed to have strayed beyond the 6pm cut off pointPaul Sharp – Commissioned by The Sun Dublin
The noise has sparked complaints urging city council chiefs to get involvedGarrett White – Commissioned by The Sun Dublin
And the noise has sparked complaints urging city council chiefs to get involved.
Local Green Party Councillor Michael Pidgeon, who lives close to the project, said: “It’s a very noisy site because of the drilling.
“It’s definitely gone beyond 6pm at times and I don’t know if they are permitted to do that.”
Residents revealed the ear-bashing drilling along the Grand Canal thumped on until nearly 7pm.
One resident told us: “Last night they didn’t finish until well after the 6pm curfew. It wasn’t just a small amount of building going on, or a couple of workers, it was foundation drilling into the ground and it was extremely loud.
“It’s an inconvenience during the day, in the first place, but you learn to live with it, and you get on with it but in the evening time to come home from work or to bring your kids home from school it’s not on.
“There are elderly people in the community, there are lots of families, people have pets, and to come home to try and switch off from a hard day’s work, get the tea ready, get your family all sorted for the next day and to have the drilling going on for an hour beyond the curfew is unacceptable. It’s an insult to the local area residents who have to put up with a lot of noise during the day anyway, and it’s disrespectful to the community.”
Rules state that heavy, noisy machinery should be shut down by 6pm on weekdays but permits can be issued to allow it to go on later.
However the council is obliged to inform residents of updated drilling times yet it’s understood no letters have been sent out.
Dublin City Council was approached for comment yesterday to clarify the position.
UFC star McGregor is constructing hundreds of build-to-rent apartments at the D12 venue.
But the 35-year-old’s dream has taken a few knocks as developers battled to resolve planning requirements.
Last year we revealed Dublin City Council bosses had asked developers, Corcom, to prepare a management plan to KO a Japanese knotweed problem on the site.
A month later, DCC hammered the UFC star with another planning requirement — this time to monitor bat activity.
However, it appears the Dubliner has overcome both problems as construction finally got underway in July.
ROUNDS OF DRILLING
It began with demolition and now involves rounds of major drilling.
What’s planned is 300 apartments as well as shops, cafés and a supermarket in three separate adjoining sites.
Some 250 of those apartments will be rental only.
It’s all going on a site the fighter purchased for €19 million.
Local Sinn Fein councillor Maire Devine has previously slammed the project saying it will not result in “affordable” housing.
She said: “Build-to-rents are not what we need but what can you do?”
And she added that Crumlin native McGregor is “a man of the people, so maybe yet he will have something in this development for the community.”
McGregor himself has insisted that what he’s building will be “a showplace when it is finished”.
The star already owns Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey and a couple of pubs in Dublin including the Marble Arch, which adjoins the Drimnagh site.
Councillor Michael Pidgeon said the drilling is very noisy
Residents revealed the ear-bashing drilling along the Grand Canal thumped on until nearly 7pmGarrett White – Commissioned by The Sun Dublin