Sunday 23 July 2017

Electric Picnic founder's Dublin bar plan opposed

John Reynolds
John Reynolds
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Plans by businessman John Reynolds to open a bar and music venue near Dublin's Grafton Street have been blasted by Dublin City councillor Mannix Flynn.

Mr Flynn has appealed a decision by the council to grant permission to An Bord Pleanala, citing noise and other concerns.

Mr Reynolds - a nephew of the late, former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds - is best known as the founder of the Pod nightclub in Dublin, which closed in 2012, and founder of the Electric Picnic.

Mr Reynolds is now planning to convert a premises on Dublin's Clarendon Street to a bar, restaurant and music venue. The premises, which is owned by a consortium of investors, was previously the home of a venue called the Da Club.

But Mr Flynn is unimpressed with Mr Reynolds' plans. He has already told Dublin City Council that the plans should be rejected, because, he claims, it will add to a high level of noise already endured by local residents.

"It is submitted that there are already a significant number of bars and restaurants located in the vicinity … and that the insertion of another non-retail use will further diminish this important retail precinct," Mr Flynn said.

Irish Independent

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