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Bank appeals College Green ATMs refusal

BANK of Ireland are appealing a decision by Dublin City Council to refuse permission for new ATM machines at its iconic College Green branch.

The bank had planned to knock a chunk out of the wall of the old Irish Parliament building, in order to replace two of the busiest bank machines in the country.

The new machines are slightly larger that the existing ATMs and the removal of some of the surrounding stonework is necessary to accommodate them.

The plan is part of a nationwide upgrade of its 1,400 cash dispensers and the bank argued in its application that it was a good custodian of the building.

The building is a protected structure and is located in a designated conservation area.

Planning permission had previously been granted for the building of a lift, refurbishment of a kitchen and the construction of wheelchair ramps leading into the building.

PERMISSION

However, Dublin City Council last month refused permission for the latest work.

Its conservation officer said that the plan to replace the ATMs in the "sensitive setting of the historic portico" is "not supported as best conservation practice".

The local authority also told the bank that the continued presence of cash dispensers outside the old parliament is "not appropriate to its historic setting".

The governors of the Bank of Ireland have now appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala and the case is due to be decided by May 14.

A spokesperson for the Irish Georgian Society said that they agreed with Dublin City Council's decision.

"Dublin City Council has a conservation unit with a number of people working in it, so they probably would have gone through the plans in detail," they said.

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