Friday 28 October 2016

Unite plans for Merrion Square

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Trade union Unite is going all posh.

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It has just applied for planning permission to convert a building on Dublin's exclusive Merrion Square from an office into six apartments.

And it wants to build an extension out the back to add on another six.

Unite hasn't occupied the building for more than a year, and it has been vacant since. The union is now working out of a base on Middle Abbey Street.

No one from the union was available yesterday to answer questions on the plans - including how much the apartments on the leafy square might sell for.

The Unite building at 15 Merrion Square is just a few doors down from the American College, a building that Oscar Wilde once called home.

WB Yeats and Daniel O'Connell also once lived on the square.

The Unite premises had been up for sale in 2012 with a €2m price tag.

Last year, Ireland-born US financier Sean Reynolds bought the former headquarters of bankrupt lawyer Brian O'Donnell on Merrion Square.

Mr Reynolds intends to use the property as a residence.

Irish Independent

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