Dublin City Council have denied planning permission for a 22-storey tower adjacent to Tara Street due to the potential detrimental effect on the historic core of the city.
The €130 million, 88-metre tall structure was proposed by developer Johnny Ronan's company, Tanat Ltd, in May for the purpose of providing the city with a new 110-bedroom hotel that would also encompass office space and a rooftop bar and restaurant.
However, as reported by The Irish Times, the plans were opposed by heritage groups such as the Irish Georgian Society, who argued that the tower would adversely impact the integrity of "architecturally sensitive" locations, while An Taisce asserted that it would affect buildings as far away as Grafton Street.
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Among the official reasons given by Dublin Council City for the rejection of planning permission were that the tower would detract from the character of the Custom House and that it would have a detrimental impact on the River Liffey Conservation Area as well as on the O'Connell Street and Environs Architectural Conservation Area.