City council gives go-ahead for demolition of old chapel
Dublin City Council has given the go-ahead for the controversial demolition of a 19th century church on the site of the proposed national children's hospital.
The demolition of the church on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin can take place as long as certain conditions are met, the recommendation to An Bord Pleanala states.
The demolition of the church had been opposed by residents' groups, organisations which are objecting to the selection of St James's as a site for the hospital, and some heritage bodies.
The Dublin City Council recommendations, which will come before this month's local authority meeting, are broadly supportive of the plans put forward by the new hospital's development board, which submitted a planning application with An Board Pleanala in August.