Irish National Trust opposes Dublin aparthotel plans

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Ireland: Plans for an eight-storey aparthotel in an extension to the Ashling Hotel in Dublin are being opposed by An Taisce - Ireland's National Trust - and others.

The plan includes 27 self-contained suites but involves demolition of four vacant and semi-derelict buildings. It is proposed by Galway hoteliers Kevin, Frank and Mary Flannery's Foxfield Inns Ltd.

An Taisce is recommending refusal and states that there is no justification for the demolition of the buildings. According to Kevin Duff of the Dublin City Association of An Taisce: "It is senseless to demolish existing, reusable historic building stock with so much dereliction and vacant, undeveloped sites along the Luas line."

In documents lodged with Dublin City Council, consultants for Foxfield state that the demolition of the buildings is justified. They say the proposed aparthotel is designed to provide accommodation to satisfy a particular demand for this type of accommodation in this city centre area.

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