Coffee wars over Anglo site
It could be a case of coffee cups at dawn after Dublin City Council gave the green light this week for a cafe at the former Anglo HQ.
The owner of the building – a company controlled by Irish Life Assurance – had applied for permission to convert what had been a ground-floor branch of the failed bank at its former HQ beside St Stephen's Green.
The council's deputy planning officer has given the go-ahead, but voiced strong reservations about the "continuing proliferation" of cafes and restaurants in the area.
But even as the plans progress, one of the operators of the Starbucks franchise in Ireland, Ciaran Butler, has told the council that he reserves his right to appeal a decision to grant permission for the cafe.
No appeal has yet been registered, however.