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Cafes and restaurant on menu for Dun Laoghaire

A CAFE and restaurant scheme is among the possible projects envisaged by harbour chiefs for Dun Laoghaire's coastguard buildings.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has given notice of its intention to redevelop the historic buildings.

It wants to secure an "innovative scheme of refurbishment and re-use" for the houses, including the possible provision of restaurant services at the location.

Sources have told the Herald the company is seeking ideas for the redevelopment of the series of granite cottages, located beside the Irish Lights offices on Harbour Road.

However, no firm plans have been formulated at this stage.

DLHC did not comment when contacted by the Herald. The redevelopment of the cottages, which date from 1859, was alluded to in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour master plan, which was put out on public display last summer.

The €230m plan includes provision for a Diaspora museum on the Carlisle pier, retail units and 300 apartments on St Michael's pier and a new marina. Further proposals envisage an open-air swimming pool/urban beach. A new berthing facility is also planned to accommodate a cruise liner.

The master plan is developed as a long-term vision for the harbour and the intention is to implement it in phases.

It aims to create 1,000 full-time jobs, with hopes that Irish people abroad will help fund an International Diaspora Centre.