Stand off in Ballyfermot

Residents in Cherry Orchard have vowed to stop builders from starting construction on social housing in a park this morning.

Locals in Ballyfermot have protested against the building of the 72 social houses, which they saw would destroy a community garden.

It is understood a standoff is ongoing between the council and gardai as residents protest at the site.

A resident told Dublin Live: "At the moment on Blackditch road there is a standoff between residents, council and garda over the proposed building of affordable housing on the land adjacent to Cherry Orchard Church."

In 2008, a housing co-operative was granted planning permission to build on the land, but those plans fell apart when the economy crashed.

Since then residents have come together to form the Stone Soup Project, and have created a community garden to combat anti-social behaviour.

The community garden includes a grotto and around 100 trees have been planted as memorials to local people who have died.

courtesy of Dublin live