Work to restart on ill-fated arthouse cinema

The unfinished Picture Palace cinema on Lower Merchants Road.

Work is to restart on the ill-fated arthouse cinema in the city next month.
The matter was raised at last night’s City Council meeting by Cllr Padraig Conneely.
He demanded an update on the stalled Picture Palace project, saying €9 million has been put into this hole in the ground.
Acting Director of Services Eileen Ruane stated the lease transfer from the original project leaders SOLAS to the new project leaders Element Pictures is now complete.
She also informed councillors that an inter-party meeting involving all funders has taken place.
City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said the contractors will be back on site in February, with work due to begin on February 13.
Since the development began in July 2009, it has been dogged by repeat issues which have seen works stalled numerous times over the past seven years.
Rhatigans were appointed after the original contractors went into liquidation.