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Takeaways 'are ruining city centre'

HERITAGE chiefs have stepped up their war on the growing number of fast food restaurants in Dublin city centre.

An Taisce has said they are ruining the look of the city and have told planners that allowing new outlets in the Aungier Street/South Great George's Street axis would be contrary to the City Development Plan.

There is also a concentration of the outlets on Dame Street, Westmoreland Street and O'Connell Street, it noted.

An Taisce's Kevin Duff was commenting in the context of an application to approve a new takeaway at No 8 Aungier Street.

He said the proposal for the south city thoroughfare was contrary to a clause in the development plan requiring a mix of developments. Planners granted permission for the scheme, despite An Taisce's strong reservations, and now it has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

Mr Duff had told the council: "Please note that on the route from Aungier Street to O'Connell Street (Dame Street and Westmoreland Street) there is also a significant concentration of fast-food takeaways."


An Taisce has already accused the council of allowing the capital's historic core to degenerate.

In a report last year, it said the council had allowed "garish" shopfronts to dominate areas like Westmoreland Street, Dame Street and the South Quays.

"Further deterioration of this prime city core area must be arrested as a matter of urgency. There are major implications for the economy and the status of Dublin as a European capital of letting it continue to slide downwards," it warned.

"The main thoroughfares immediately south of the Liffey -- Westmoreland Street, Dame Street, Parliament Street and the South Quays -- are becoming a black spot of lower-order shops and fast-food restaurants with cheap, garish shopfronts and signage," it added.

While the problem is city-wide, it is "most pronounced" in these streets because of their "major civic and architectural importance". An Taisce said the areas are "right on the tourism nodes of Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar".

The council did not comment at the time of writing.