Monday 17 December 2018

Aparthotel to replace iconic Dublin pub

Scruffy Murphy's in Dublin 2
Scruffy Murphy's in Dublin 2

Gordon Deegan

Plans to knock down one of Dublin's most famous pubs to make way for the construction of an aparthotel have been given the go-ahead, despite locals' objections.

Tom O'Connor wants to demolish Scruffy Murphy's - off Mount Street near the Grand Canal - as part of plans for new tourist accommodation with self-catering facilities.

Mr O'Connor was seeking planning for 36 suites. However, the number of suites is to be reduced after the city council ruled that one of the six floors be omitted from the permission granted.

The development also includes a restaurant, bar and café on the ground floor.

Consultants for Mr O'Connor said the development would address the deficit of flexible aparthotel rooms in Dublin.

The Council gave the plan the go-ahead in spite of residents complaining that an aparthotel would be unsuitable in a quiet residential area.

Residents were concerned about scale, noise, traffic and lack of parking facilities.

One local resident Dr Kevin Byrne told the Council that "the height and scale of this development is too big for the location and there would be multiple sizeable negative impacts on the amenity of the neighbouring residents".

The Council gave the plan the go-ahead after the planner in the case said the building was vacant and in poor condition.

The report states: "Therefore, the appropriate redevelopment is considered beneficial to the surrounding area."

The report also pointed out that, given the city centre location and previous use, the planned use is acceptable.

Irish Independent

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