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Wet hostel close to top tourist attraction

PLANS to build an alcoholics' hostel metres from the Guinness Storehouse have caused fury among local residents.

Locals in the south inner city are furious that the hostel has been proposed for the area -- one of Dublin's tourism hubs -- since they fear it'll become a 'dumping ground' for alcoholics.

The proposed accommodation at Bond Street, behind St James' Gate, will provide shelter for alcoholics less than ten metres from Guinness buildings. It is also close to another hostel Sun Dial House on James' St.

Hundreds of tourists pass through the area each day, going to the Guinness Storehouse.

Dublin City Council is now considering a planning application to convert an apartment block on Bond Street into a facility which could be used as a hostel with 21 bedrooms.

But locals say another wet hostel would cause problems in their area, with adults drinking outdoors in a place which is largely populated by young children or very elderly residents.

Eamonn Cullen (71) lives in an apartment block on Bond Street and he says a large number of steps at the bottom of the block will become a hang-out area for the alcoholics.

"The residents here will be scared when they're walking up at night that there'll be shouting and screaming by the alcoholics."