Words: Katie Gartland
The historic market has been vacant for almost three decades
Dublin City Council has confirmed the repossession of the Iveagh Markets by Lord Iveagh.
Lord Iveagh is a descendant of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. The long-term battle over the ownership of the Francis Street Markets ended after Lord Iveagh had invoked the ‘Reverter’ clause in the original Deed of Conveyance from 1906.
The ownership of the Iveagh Markets has seen a long and complicated history. Planning permission was applied for by developer Martin Keane in 2007 after agreeing a long-term leasehold agreement with Dublin City Council in 1997. After the lapse of the planning permission, Keane applied again in 2019.
According to RTÉ, the locks of the market have been changed and new security has been been put in place by Lord Iveagh. There are plans to restore the Market back to its original use.