Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell has welcomed news that the demolition of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel will begin next week.
The long-awaited demolition work at the site is due to start on Monday, August 30.
The Sinn Féin TD said that this is good news for people living in the east side of the City – but that it also highlights the years of lack of action.
She described the site as an eyesore, a health and safety hazard and a complete waste of valuable land in Galway City.
“The Government need to take a real look at how they deal with vacant sites going forward as we cannot have a repeat of the Corrib Great Southern Hotel,” said Deputy Farrell.
Planning Permission to demolish the current structures at this site was granted in 2010. and the site was added to the derelict sites register in January 2015.
“Here we are 11 years after the planning permission to demolish the structure was originally granted with news finally emerging that this structure will be demolished,” said Deputy Farrell.
“At a time when so many people are struggling due to a housing crisis the fact that this site was not in use for such a length of time is outrageous.
“I hope that next week will mark the first step in a new chapter for this site, that it will see the site be of benefit to people living in the locality.”