Tuesday 16 January 2018

Landmark buildings open to challenges

Brian Hutton

SEVERAL landmark buildings in Dublin docklands -- including the €380m National Convention Centre -- may not have legal planning permission, a leaked report has signalled.

Multi-billion-euro developments on the North Lotts and Spencer Dock sites, as well as the proposed U2 Tower, could also be open to court challenges.

Furthermore, the purchase of the former Irish Glass Bottle site could end up costing the taxpayer as much as €500m.

The revelations are carried in one of three confidential investigations into the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.

The planning probe claims a High Court judgment in October 2008, after a legal challenge on the authority by developer Sean Dunne, called into question a "substantial" number of planning approvals.

Fine Gael environment spokesman Phil Hogan, who released the reports, said taxpayers were facing a legal bill potentially running into hundreds of millions of euro.

Irish Independent

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