Friday 22 August 2008

Barrister objects over high-rise wooden hotel

A HIGH-profile barrister has objected to plans to build a five-star, 10-storey wooden hotel in Dublin's Temple Bar.

Colm MacEochaidh, who is currently representing residents opposed to high-rise building in Ballsbridge, claims that the new hotel on Exchange Street will force him to live with his curtains drawn because his living room will be overlooked by hotel guests. He says that the proposed building will be the tallest in that part of the city.

Last month, Dublin City Council granted planning permission for the building but ordered that it be reduced from a planned 12 storeys to 10.

The decision was appealed by developer Accol Investments, An Taisce and Mr MacEochaidh to An Bord Pleanala. A decision will be reached by mid-December.

Paul Melia
Irish Independent

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