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Friday 28 April 2017

Buckley plan to rebuild is left in a heap

Billionaire's plans to 'recycle' his house turned down, as were the designs of TV Showhouse star Eunan Byrne, who wanted a new home in his garden

BANKER turned rubbish-business billionaire Brian Buckley hoped to recycle his house in Rathgar, Dublin 6.

The former investment banker and founder of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery wanted to demolish his house at Rostrevor Road, Rathgar, and build a two-storey over-basement detached dwelling.

An Bord Pleanala turned it down and said its size, scale and proximity to nearby homes would seriously injure the amenities of properties in the vicinity.

Greyhound has refunded a large sum to Iarnrod Eireann after an overcharging dispute. Iarnrod's COO denied that the refund was in the region of €1m.

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AN Taisce finds itself on the other end of a planning objection for a change, with its Dublin HQ subject to an appeal.

The use of the historic 16th century Tailor's Hall, Dublin 8, for 'dancing at private events and permission to use the basement and ground floors for small theatrical events and concerts' is being appealed as being contrary to the planning and development in an archeologically sensitive area.An Taisce hires out the venue for weddings and functions at a price of around €2,000 a time.

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AS one of RTE's Showhouse programmes featured designers, Eunan Byrne is used to the challenge of transforming property, but proposals to build a three-bed two-storey house in the rear garden of his house in Cabinteely, Co Dublin, have been turned down by planners.

Mr Byrne is a director of bar and hotel fit-out design firm John Duffy Design Group.

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UNLIKE some of its zombie hotel peers clinging on until tax clawback time, the Merrion Hotel is thriving and pursuing expansion hopes. Its owners are appealing the turning down of plans to add a four-storey extension including penthouse suites and garden terraces. It is owned by Martin Naughton (Glen Dimplex) and Lochlann Quinn, who also owns Bordeaux vineyard Chateau de Fieuzal.

Sunday Independent

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