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A Bahamas property firm linked to developer Jim Kennedy will have to wait until January to see if An Bord Pleanala will give the go-ahead for a major multi-million euro hotel and nursing home development in north Dublin.

In 2013, the Mahon Tribunal found that Frank Dunlop had made corrupt payments totalling £25,000 to councillors on behalf of Mr Kennedy related to a site in Carrickmines in south Dublin.

Bahamas-registered Barford Holdings has been trying to secure planning permission for a 150-bedroom nursing home and a 150-bedroom hotel on what used to be a racecourse in Baldoyle north of the city.

Plans for the site have changed over the years, with a Kennedy family firm - Regents Park Developments - having been refused permission in 2008 for an alternative development on the site that included housing.

In 2011, Fingal County Council granted outline planning permission to Barford to build the three-story hotel and retirement home on the controversial Baldoyle site.

Full planning permission was awarded by the council last month.

But that decision has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala by two local residents.

One argues that there would be an oversupply of hotel rooms in the area if the plans proceed, and says the overall plans for the site need to be revised.

Mr Kennedy - who also owns the Jackson Way property firm - went on trial last year over the alleged corrupt rezoning of land in Carrickmines.

He and councillors on trial denied the charges.

The trial collapsed after four weeks when the DPP entered a decision not to prosecute due to the failing health of Mr Dunlop - the star witness in the case.

In June, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) dropped an action against Jackson Way Properties (JWP).

JWP is also suing CAB.

Irish Independent