Protesters call for homes not hotels on site of proposed Dublin high rise

A protest has taken place at the site of a planned hotel in south inner city Dublin.

Around 60 residents gathered at Vicar Street where planning permission for an eight-storey 185 bedroom hotel has been granted by Dublin City Council.

It is scheduled to be open for business by 2020 and will create 80 jobs.

Local residents demonstrate at the site of a proposed new high rise hotel on Vicar Street in Dublin. (Niall Carson/PA)

A spokesman for the developer previously said it “will add to the growing restoration of The Liberties” area of the capital.

However, local residents have objected to the plans, calling for green space, homes and community facilities instead.

Some of the protesters carried banners which read: “Homes not hotels”.

People Before Profit’s Tina MacVeigh addresses the protest (Niall Carson/PA)

People Before Profit councillor Tina MacVeigh was among the speakers who addressed the protest.

“The nature of this venue beside a residential community is of great concern to the local area,” she said.

Speaking after the event, she said residents are “resolute” in their opposition to the hotel.

As the protest finished, those gathered sang a rendition of The Dubliners hit In The Rare Auld Times, in reference to the area’s historic character.

- Press Association

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