Local residents to hold rally opposing plans for high-rise Vicar Street hotel

A rally will be held today over a proposed eight-storey hotel at Dublin's Vicar Street.

Local residents opposing the plans for the 185-room hotel say they want green space, homes and community facilities, not a high-rise building.

They have sent a petition to An Bord Pleanala, but People Before Profit Councillor Tina MacVeigh says they do not feel that anyone is listening.

She says it is the first of a series of rallies in the Liberties and Coombe area over the impact of profit-led development in Dublin's inner-city.

Writing on Facebook, Councillor MacVeigh said: "The community of the Liberties has had its fair share of development that is in the interest of profit makers.

"Time to take back our community and demand that the needs of people are put at the centre of the circle."

The rally will begin at 1pm today from Vicar Street.

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