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Clayton gets go-ahead for lighting system

U2 bassist Adam Clayton has been given permission for an elaborate lighting system in his period mansion.

The musician encountered some problems when he applied to his local authority to have a 'lozenge aperture' fitted in the Rathfarnham home in Dublin as part of renovations to the property.

The internal window on the first floor of Danesmoate Demesne on Kellystown Road will allow light to come from a skylight and flow into the ground floor via a glass structure in between. Planners from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council had rejected an application because it did not adhere to strict rules.

However, after resubmitting the application with more detail, the musician has been granted permission for the alteration at his property, subject to a number of conditions.

Over the past seven years the U2 bassist has been given the go-ahead for a series of alterations to the protected structure, including refurbishments of the internal layout and facades and works to the roof.

Planners have granted permission for the 'lozenge aperture' on condition that it adheres to the plans, the spilling of clay and other materials is avoided, and it is finished to match the look of the house. They have also allowed for a cast-metal balustrade.

Last week, Mr Clayton secured a High Court freezing order restraining his former housekeeper and personal assistant Carol Hawkins from lowering her assets below €1.8m.

High Court proceedings against Ms Hawkins arising out of her alleged misappropriation of €1.8m of Mr Clayton's money have been adjourned until January 18. It has been claimed the money was used for her family's benefit.

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