Multi-million-euro care home refused by Bord Pleanála
Plans for a multi-million-euro residential care home in north Co Dublin by a company owned by e-learning tycoon Pat McDonagh have been refused by An Bord Pleanála.
Remedy Care planned to build a 120-bedroom "humanistic" facility geared towards the care of end-of-life residents who have dementia and Alzheimer's.
The rural setting, in an area called Skidoo at Ballyboughal, was a key element of the project. Land was bought for about €10m.
An Bord Pleanála noted that the developers planned a "bespoke care home design" that proposed to "integrate the structure with its natural surroundings and have the residents, visitors and staff benefit from the natural settings".
It would feature so-called biophilic design, where people could connect with nature which, Remedy Care said, increases productivity, care, and staff well-being, and strengthens social fabric within communities.
"They [Remedy Care] provide that these benefits cannot be achieved or offered in the same way in an urban or suburban setting," noted the planning inspector.
But the inspector expressed concerns regarding the location, and recommended that it be refused permission.
Remedy Care is wholly-owned by Mr McDonagh, who made an estimated €500m fortune from firms such as CBT Systems, Skillsoft and Riverdeep.