A local businessman has won an appeal to An Bord Pleanála to allow a new pop up restaurant be built in shipping containers in a vacant city centre site.
The appeals board overturned a City Council refusal for the new business, which will be similar to those in the Southbank Centre in London.
Last February, Daragh Mullin sought permission for a period of three years for the shipping containers at Number 19 Forster Street – a vacant site since the demolition of the building in 2012 on safety grounds.
The Council said that while the use of the site as a restaurant would be acceptable in principle, the use of shipping containers would “perpetuate the under-utilisation” of the site and the hap in the city centre, describing it as a “poor quality structure” and would contravene the City Development Plan.
It was also noted that there is a proliferation of cafés and restaurants in the area.
Mr Mullin, who operates Carroll’s bar and the Crust Bucket on Dominick Street, expressed frustration with the planning process in his appeal to An Bord Pleanála, pointing out that in initial planning meetings with the City Council, there were no objections raised.
The appeal went on to note that the site is part of the ‘Odeon’ portfolio owned by the Comer and McHale families, which will be developed into the new Eyre Square East Quarter.
“First and foremost, it is of critical importance to point out that the subject site forms part of a wider urban landholding which has undergone significant site assembly over the last decade.
“It is envisaged that this quarter of the city, known as Eyre Square East, will be the subject of significant urban regeneration and redevelopment in the future.”
The Board said there was “no clear and substantive understanding” from the Council’s refusal on how the City Development Plan would be contravened.
It was also noted that a temporary pop up restaurant would not impede the proposed redevelopment of the eastern side of Eyre Square. The Board did not accept that there is a proliferation of cafés, restaurants and take-away businesses.
They added that with quality materials and finishes, there would be an enhancement to the streetscape and that there was no significant potential for concern that a precedent would be set.
The Appeals Board approved the plans for a period of three years, and ordered that the full details of finishes and colours “which shall be in a mute shade” be agreed with the City Council, and that the take-away cannot be operated separately to the restaurant.
Drawings with the planning application indicates the name is ‘Vochos’, the nickname for the Volkswagen Beetle in Mexico.
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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.
The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.
Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.
“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.
“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.
Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.
Three refused bail on violent disorder charges
Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.
Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.
Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.
An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.
Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.
Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.
Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.