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McDonald's faces angry Temple Bar protesters

THE arrival of McDonald's in Temple Bar would be a setback to the "great progress" made at the tourist hotspot, say objectors.

Several detailed objections to the plan are expected to be lodged with Dublin City Council in the coming days, the Herald can reveal.

One, from the Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT,) will argue that the fast-food chain would "injure amenities" in the area.

The extensive objection has caused a split among the board of the TBCT, with some members refusing to give their backing to the submission.

It will say that there are too many take-aways and restaurants already in Temple Bar and that a McDonald's outlet may result in an "overall damaging effect on the area".

TBCT also raises concern that McDonalds will apply for a licence to sell alcohol.

"This would set back the great progress seen in Temple Bar in recent years to 'rebalance' the needs of the area," the documents state.

McDonald's has lodged planning permission to open a three-storey outlet in Temple Bar, which will replace the Frankie Dettori-owned Steakhouse & Bar.

The Herald can reveal that McDonald's wrote to all city councillors this week in an attempt to clarify what it described as "erroneous and inaccurate" coverage of the planning application.

The company says that it will create more than 60 full-time jobs in the restaurant, as well as 18 jobs in the renovation stage.

A spokesperson for McDonald's told the Herald that there are "no plans to sell alcohol in any of its Irish restaurants at any stage".