A nine-storEy office tower has been given the go-ahead for the Dublin Docklands.
An Bord Pleanala has backed planning for the new building overlooking the Liffey opposite the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).
Dublin City Council gave Targeted Investments Opportunities (TIO) plc the go-ahead last August for the 15,479 square metre block at numbers 13 to 18 City Quay.
The scheme also contains plans for two retail or restaurant units and a cafe.
However, An Taisce appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala, claiming that the five to nine-storey block was contrary to the provisions of the George's Quay Local Area Plan.
In its appeal, An Taisce said the proposal was a dense block covering most of the site and consisting of five and six-storey sections to the front and larger eight and nine-storey sections to the rear.
The appeal pointed out that while it is established that the Dublin Docklands area can accommodate higher development densities, the proposal would dwarf the protected structure of the nearby St Mary's Church.
An Taisce said there are few, if any, precedents in the city of developments directly overbearing on historic churches in the manner proposed. The site is a vacant brownfield site and no other party objected to the application.
However, in its decision, the appeals board found that the proposal would not detract from the visual amenities or established character and pattern of development in the area.
In its order, the appeals board said the proposed development would be in accordance with the development objectives for the area.
It would integrate satisfactorily with the surrounding existing development including St Mary's Church and Presbytery and the protected views and prospects from the north side of the Liffey.
The development is one of a number that TIO is involved in the Dublin Docklands area.