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Dragon has fire in his belly for building

Blacktie men's clothing retailer and Dragons' Den judge Niall O'Farrell paid a record price for a property on the main street of the west Dublin suburb of Blanchardstown and is persevering with plans to build a mixed-use development there.

Mr O'Farrell paid what works out at €28.5m an acre for the 0.13 acre site, which cost €3.7m at auction. Permission was refused for original plans at the site, but granted for a scaled-back version, though this is being appealed by several parties on the grounds of scale and overlooking. The development plan consists of a mixed-use retail and office development on the two-storey, over-basement block with a gross floor area of 1,386 sqm.


FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Labour TD Joe Costello are among the objectors to a proposed 14-storey tower-block development in Dublin city centre.

AB Properties wants to demolish the existing building on the Hendron's site in Broadstone (at the junction of Western Way and Dominick Street, Dublin 7) and build a 14-storey block with a hotel, apartments, a restaurant, a neighbourhood shop and an artists' gallery/studio. In his letter of objection, Mr Ahern said: "I would like to support the residents' main contention that the development is too high for this mainly residential locality."

Joe Costello and his wife, Emer, appealed, writing that they supported the local residents' association in their objections to the development.

Artist Robert Ballagh has also voiced objections to the plan, as it would mean the demolition of the studios of artists based there.

AB Properties is appealing the recent planning refusal.


A RATHER maverick development proposal in Dublin 4 has been shot down yet again by planners.

Joseph Brennan has been trying for over 10 years to transform his modest one-storey terraced cottage at 9 Ballsbridge Avenue into an ambitious residence of several storeys.

The latest permission was for a four-storey residence with three bedrooms and a rear extension, a recessed balcony area to the front and roof solar panels.

An Bord Pleanala refused it again, saying the scale was inappropriate and that it would create an obtrusive feature in the streetscape and erode the character of the terrace in what is a conservation area.


IF politics doesn't pan out after the next election, Green councillor Mark Dearey can take heart in his burgeoning music venue and bar business.

His Spirit Store in Dundalk has become one of the most popular gig venues in the east of the country over the last decade and he has now applied for planning to extend the bar at ground floor, for a second-floor office, lift installation and smoking area.


ALSO in Louth, developer brothers Michael and Cathal Cannon, with associate company Groveview Builders, have won permission on appeal to build 257 homes at Haynestown, Dundalk.

Sunday Independent