Terenure is a sleeply suburb in south Dublin that developed around what was a small rural village.
Up until the 1940s local businesses thrived there, helped by the trams that passed through its centre.
In recent years many small shops and businesses in the village have been forced to close and with the trams long gone, the area has become a congestion black spot, reviled and if possible avoided, by daily commuters.
Terenure should be an idyllic suburban village with quirky boutiques, gourmet restaurants and artisan food shops, like the wonderful bakery Eaton’s, which closed its door in the early noughties, and was supplanted by a take away restaurant.
Instead it has been taken over by, not one, but two German discounters engaged in an aggressive campaign of expansion.
Why a village the size of Terenure, with chronic traffic problems, needed even one giant grocery retailer is anyone’s guess but that the planners saw fit to grant permission to two within a stone’s throw of each other is an absolute travesty.
To make matters worse, a quaint historic public toilet building was summarily demolished to make space for the Aldi store.
It breaks my heart to see what Terenure has become. It should be incumbent on our planners to protect our local villages. Their decisions should be designed to preserve them as vibrant local communities not to turn them into profit engines for German retail giants.