Sinn Féin leader lodges appeal against third phase of €500m Dublin city centre project

Latest stage of Hammerson scheme involves demolition of buildings and structures on Moore Street and Lane

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has lodged a planning appeal against the third phase of Hammerson’s €500 million transformation plan for Dublin city centre.

Stephen Troy of Troy Family Butchers on Moore Street has already lodged an appeal against the Dublin City Council grant of permission last month to Hammerson subsidiary Dublin Central GP Ltd.

In total, the planning board has now received nine third-party appeals against the Hammerson scheme, while t Dublin Central GP Ltd has lodged a first-party appeal against conditions attached to the permission.

Others to appeal include The 1916 Relatives Moore Street Initiative, Relatives of Signatories of the Proclamation, Moore Street Preservation and the Moore Street Traders along with several individual appeals.


The latest phase of the scheme involves demolition of buildings and structures at Moore Street and Moore Lane to accommodate a public plaza along with a mixed-use scheme in a six-storey building.

The permission follows two other approvals earlier this year by the city council relating to other parts of the Dublin Central Project that involve 79 build-to-rent apartments and hotel, retail, restaurant, cafe as well as cultural uses.

Ms McDonald and several others have lodged appeals against the other two grants of permission to the appeals board.

In her objection against the third phase, she claimed that the proposed development “will erase for all time Moore Street’s unique plot grains and courtyards which give this site its historic core differentiating it from other competing locations nationally and internationally”. She further noted that “Moore Street, famed for its street market traditions and 1916 Rising connections, is Dublin’s historic core and as such provides the city’s uniqueness in terms of a tourist offering and a sustainable, socially just and economically vibrant regeneration opportunity for the north inner city”.

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The Sinn Féin leader claimed that the planning application fails “to protect and preserve this area of unique historical, architectural, social, cultural and economic importance”.

Concerning the latest phase, the Dublin City Council planning report — which recommended permission —
stated that the proposal “would secure the regeneration of a brownfield site in a city centre location for office and café/restaurant space, providing frontage to a new public space”.

The city council said the scheme “would ensure a more active frontage to O’Rahilly Parade in keeping with its historic significance”.

The local authority also stated that the proposed development, together with the development proposed on the adjoining site, which is the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála “will complement the development of the adjacent National Monument as a commemorative centre for the 1916 Rising”.

A decision is due on the case in November. But as a consequence of the backlog in appeals, it is likely that a decision will not be made until 2023.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times