Mayo County Council has granted conditional planning permission for a 46-bedroom hotel in Ballinrobe.
The two-storey development, which is to be carried out by Nebor Ltd, will have new function rooms; bars; a restaurant; health suite with a gym and swimming pool, reports mayonews.ie.
Richard Burke, chairman of Ballinrobe Business and Enterprise Organisation commented: "We have been crying out for a hotel for years. This will be the making of the town going forward and everyone in the town welcomes the news. If you asked anyone in Ballinrobe what the town needed to grow and the word on everyone’s lips was a new hotel. We don’t have a large hotel in the town and Ashford Castle appeals to a different market.
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"This will make a huge difference to the town and when complete will create a spin-off for all other businesses in Ballinrobe. There’s never a wedding [reception] in the town anymore and the picturesque location of this hotel will be ideal for a wedding venue. We also have large businesses like McHale’s in Ballinrobe and overseas visitors who visit the plant all have to stay outside the town. Hopefully the hotel will keep people in the hotel and help improve Ballinrobe."