Sweeney firm given green light for €32m Dublin hotel project
Well-known Galway-based businessman John Sweeney has secured planning permission to develop a €32m hotel on Dublin's Amiens Street, close to Connolly Station and the IFSC.
The four- to seven-storey new-build hotel at 96 to 99 Amiens Street is planned for the site of an existing Top petrol station, one of the few left in central Dublin.
The investment marks a return to the Dublin hospitality sector for Mr Sweeney, whose extensive pre-crash business interests ranged from oil distribution to property and included a stake in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.
He is a director of Sea Strand Properties, which will develop the new 172-room hotel property. It is understood that talks with potential operators are already underway.
Planning was approved for the new hotel on February 27. Conditions attached to the planning permission include payment of a development levy of €436,165.54 to the city council as a contribution towards local authority expenditure and a separate €254,752.00 payment in respect of the costs of the Luas, which crosses Amiens Street.