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Developer Harry Crosbie has been given the go-ahead for an office development at Father Mathew Memorial Hall in Church Street, Dublin 7.

The protected structure, built in 1890, has been unoccupied for several years. Mr Crosbie purchased it in 2001 from the Capuchins for around €952,303.

The developer's plans to restore the building and subdivide it into two office units were approved by Dublin City Council in July, but appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Mr Dan Pender, who said the scheme would interfere with the integrity of the building.

Meanwhile, plans to build a seven-storey office building at the junction of Burlington Road and Mespil Road, Dublin 4, have been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

Pageflyer Ltd, a division of Treasury Holdings, plans to develop an office block at 43 to 49 Mespil Road with 40 car-parking spaces and 100 cycle spaces at basement level. The scheme will involve the demolition of the current residential building on the site.

Developer Joe O'Reilly's revised plans for the Gaiety complex on South King Street, Dublin 2, have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Tom and Máiréad Cranfield of Chatham Street. They have objected to the new scheme on a number of grounds, including the scale and aesthetics of the development. Mr O'Reilly was initially granted permission last year for the development of the Gaiety Centre site but Bord Pleanála overturned the decision following an appeal by An Taisce. He was granted permission for a revised proposal last November. The new plans involve building a five-storey development comprising retail units, a restaurant, offices and apartments. Mr O'Reilly has also lodged a first-party appeal against a condition of Dublin City Council's approval, which stated that the front elevation of the development must be amended.

Pierse Contracting is to seek permission to build a seven-storey hotel and apartment block fronting on to Ormond Quay Upper, Charles Street West, Ormond Square and Ormond Place.