Tuesday 27 September 2016

Jones Engineering boss draws fire over home plan

Published 20/08/2016 | 02:30

The planned home will feature a sauna
The planned home will feature a sauna

A plan by Jones Engineering chief executive Jim Curley for a huge 10,000 sq ft home at Castleknock in Dublin that will include a hydrotherapy pool has drawn fire from neighbours.

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Mr Curley plans to demolish an existing house and build a new residence that locals have claimed would be "completely incongruous" with the character of the area.

Jones Engineering is one of Ireland's biggest privately-held firms, boasting an annual turnover of €311m in 2014 and profits of €22m.

A company owned by Mr Curley plans to demolish an existing property called Knockrath. The owner of a neighbouring property claimed the planned new home would "overwhelm" existing structures on Castleknock Road, which leads into the Phoenix Park.

The new home will include a wine cellar, lift, dining areas, a 10-metre pool and sauna and an office. The local council has told the firm behind the application to submit a revised design for some elements.

Irish Independent

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