Saturday 19 April 2014

Plans for new Jewish museum get go-ahead

The Jewish Museum in Dublin
The Jewish Museum in Dublin

FIVE houses including a former synagogue will be demolished to allow construction of a new Jewish museum in Dublin.

An Bord Pleanala has approved plans for the new facility in Portobello, which has a long association with the Jewish community and was once known as 'Little Jerusalem'.

Permission was granted by Dublin City Council last April, and the development involved the demolition of five houses on Walworth Road and construction of a two-storey building with a basement, to include a cafe and reinstated synagogue. The facades of the existing buildings will be retained.

Objectors claimed the museum was too big and out of context with surrounding buildings.

The board said the reasons permission was being granted included the existence of a synagogue and museum at the site and the historic and cultural connections with the area.

"The proposed development, would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area," it said.

Irish Independent

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