The council, which owns the mill, is planning a public consultation on what to do with it. One group is already working on a plan to restore it to its original use.
Council officials said they weren’t sure why they’d been refused, but that they’ll press ahead with restoration works using money from council coffers.
Dublin City Council has been doing general upkeep of the Kilmainham Mills site and set up a group to look at its future, councillors learnt recently.
The council intends to use the long-vacant site for heritage purposes, says Lord Mayor Nial Ring.
The council had put in a bid, but says it’s been unsuccessful in securing the site – and that a private company has bought it instead.
It’s unclear, as yet, if the offer will be accepted.
“There is nothing to stop a developer building even inside the old stone walls,” says People Before Profit Councillor Tina MacVeigh. “That’s what we’re trying to prevent.”
Spread over more than 3,000 square metres, the old mills site in Kilmainham has been empty since the year 2000. Plans for it have come and gone.
Plans for a new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin 8 have area residents worried about traffic, parking, noise, subsidence and drainage.