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McManus plans for D4 home put on hold

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Noreen and JP McManus Picture: Sportsfile

Noreen and JP McManus Picture: Sportsfile

Noreen and JP McManus Picture: Sportsfile

Plans by the wife of one of Ireland's richest men, JP McManus, to extend the couple's home on "Millionaires' Row" in Dublin 4 have been put on hold.

In July, Noreen McManus lodged plans with Dublin City Council to demolish an 80 sq metre bungalow and replace it with a 200 sq metre two-storey dwelling to the rear of the main home on Ailesbury Rd.

The McMansuses bought developer Bernard McNamara's former home for a cut-price €10m in 2011. They added two mews buildings to the rear at a cost of €2.7m in 2012.

Folds

The former McNamara home famously contained a dancefloor that folded away to become a swimming pool at the touch of a button. The home also included a home cinema and a games room.

Mrs McManus is now seeking planning permission to create a single complex linking all three properties.

However, the plan has provoked strong opposition from some neighbours, including best-selling author and actor, Claudia Carroll who claims her mews property "will be totally overlooked by this property, violating privacy and overshadowing my garden".

Now, in response to the residents' objections, the City Council has placed the plan on hold and is seeking additional information, clarification on certain aspects of the plan, as well as some supporting drawings.


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