In August 2016, customers of the Liffey Valley Gym in west Dublin found out that it had closed down … The gym had been open since 2004, in a building known as Larkfield House. Larkfield House is owned by a company called Cavvies Ltd, controlled by local businessman, Vincent Cosgrave, and his daughter Jackie. The family also owns three hotels in west Dublin, as well as other business interests. Almost immediately after the closure of the gym, a planning application was lodged with South Dublin County Council to convert the building into apartments. What happened thereafter, in terms of building control, was shocking. The law was not so much broken, as completely trampled on. Regulations that were supposed to be watertight were exposed as little better than useless. And despite what has now emerged, there is, as of yet, no sign that any prosecution will take place.
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