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Sunday 20 October 2019

Final curtain for Tivoli Theatre as hotel plan given green light

The Tivoli Theatre has played host to a long list of legendary performers
The Tivoli Theatre has played host to a long list of legendary performers

Gordon Deegan

It is the final curtain for Dublin's Tivoli Theatre as An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to its demolition and the construction of a 289-bed apart-hotel.

The decision by the appeals board overturns a Dublin City Council decision which refused planning permission for the development last year.

Theatre owner Anthony Byrne has secured permission to level the 1930s building, which he has operated as the Tivoli since 1981, and build the apart-hotel with a gym and restaurant on site.

An Taisce expressed concerns that the closure of the Tivoli would constitute a regrettable loss for the social and cultural life of Dublin. The new plan will incorporate a new performance space to accommodate cultural performances, while an outdoor performance and cinema space will also be provided.

In its decision, the appeals board has ordered the omission of the fifth floor in the interest of visual amenity.

The appeals board has also inserted a novel 'graffiti' condition in its permission.

As a result, Mr Byrne must preserve the graffiti on site by way of photographic record and submit the records to the Dublin City Council library service.

The insertion of the condition comes against the background of the city council spending around €1m each year removing graffiti from sites around the city.

An Bord Pleanála gave the plan the go-ahead after finding that the proposal "would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity and would not adversely affect the setting of protected structures".

In the appeal lodged on behalf of Mr Byrne, it argued that the Tivoli is not viable with a capacity of 500 compared to a capacity of 1,000 at the nearby Vicar Street.

The appeal argued that the current building is in relatively poor condition due to unviability and does not contribute significantly to the quality of the street.

Irish Independent

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