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Planners split on new Temple Bar McDonald's

AN Bord Pleanala was split over the bid by McDonald's to open a new outlet in a 19th century Temple Bar building.

The planning board documents reveal the reasons behind their decision to overrule Dublin City Council and allow the fast food giant to trade in Temple Bar's square in Dublin's cultural district.

The authority's board voted two-to-one in favour of McDonald's after months of deliberations, according to documents seen by the Herald.

And speaking publicly on the issue for the first time since the decision, McDonald's said it was committed to creating 60 jobs for city residents.

"The company is currently reviewing the terms and condition of the decision by An Bord Pleanala and looks forward to beginning work on this project in the near future," said a statement from the company.

"Plans for the new restaurant include the intention to support local jobs with the recruitment of up to 60 people and to make the building fully accessible to people with disabilities." Some 18 more jobs are expected to be created in the construction and renovation stage.

The decision to give McDonald's the green light strongly divided the Temple Bar community and representatives.

And it is sure to have shocked city officials, who claimed just months ago that it could have a "detrimental effect" on the area.

The council rejected its planning application as it argued the area was already adequately served by restaurants and takeaway facilities.

And it also rejected the proposal on the grounds it would have a "negative impact on the internal fabric of the building", but these claims were rejected by the inspector.