Tuesday 24 January 2017

Locals say 'enough is enough' to Wetherspoon pub in capital

Gordon Deegan

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

The application on the site of a former homeless hostel at Camden Hall is part of a plan by Wetherspoon to open 30 pubs in Ireland over the next five years. PA
The application on the site of a former homeless hostel at Camden Hall is part of a plan by Wetherspoon to open 30 pubs in Ireland over the next five years. PA

Plans for a new €4m JD Wetherspoon pub and hotel in the Camden Street area of Dublin are facing opposition from some local residents, with one declaring: "Enough is enough."

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The application on the site of a former homeless hostel at Camden Hall is part of a plan by Wetherspoon to open 30 pubs in Ireland over the next five years.

However, a number of objections have been lodged against the plan that also proposes a 98-bedroom hotel at the site.

In one objection, local resident Barry Chambers has told the city council "enough is enough, the area is at tipping point and already fast becoming another Temple Bar - great for revellers and operators but not so good for everyone else".

And Ruaidhrí O'Connor and Siobhan McBean have told the council that the pub and hotel "will create unacceptable levels of noise and night-time disturbance for residents".

However, consultants for Wetherspoon have pointed out that the site is vacant and the plan "will deliver a commercial development that will create vibrancy at street level and restore vitality to the surrounding area".

The scheme will create 100 jobs if it gets the green light. A decision is due next month.

Irish Independent

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