Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell and Malahide Councillor Anthony Lavin remain hopeful that the Fry Model Railway Museum will return to Malahide.
Following the most recent discussions on this issue with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD, Deputy Farrell said that ‘Cllr Lavin and I have engaged fully with the Minister on this issue,to ensure that the Minister is completely aware of dual benefit to housing the Fry Model Railway Museum in the historical Casino building.
“We have gone to great lengths at every level to ensure that those responsible for the future of the museum understand the unique options available to them to protect the future of both the museum and the Casino, thanks to the vision and generosity of a local donor, the late Michéal Gaffney.
Fine Gael Councillor Anthony Lavin addressed the frustration of the situation, both as a councillor and a resident of Malahide ‘the departure of the museum from Malahide did not sit right with me or members of the community. For this reason, when I took office in March 2011, I took the first opportunity afforded to me as a councillor to raise the possibility of bringing the museum back to Malahide, to be housed in the Casino.
“At the time, this idea was considered to be impossible. For this reason I was delighted when this vision was brought to life after the generous donation of Michéal Gaffney. The Casino is an ideal location for the Railway Museum, and I believe its proximity to the DART station will encourage visitors of Malahide Castle to come towards the village for the benefit of local business and retailers.
“It has been very encouraging to tackle this issue alongside Deputy Farrell, and the effort that has gone into bringing sense to this situation has not been lost of those who have the final decision.”
Deputy Farrell remains hopeful that the donation will have an impact on the key stakeholders involved in this project, “I have been monitoring the condition of the Casino for some time and have continuously campaigned to restore the building to its full potential as a prominent landmark. I hope that the board of Fáilte Ireland and CIE will review this truly unique situation and allow the display to come home to Malahide.
“I speak for both Cllr Lavin and myself when I say that time is of the essence here and we hope a decision will be made in the coming weeks.”