Supermacs secures planning for controversial motorway plaza outside Ennis

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Supermacs Secures Planning For Controversial Motorway Plaza Outside Ennis Supermacs Secures Planning For Controversial Motorway Plaza Outside Ennis
Pat McDonagh, chief executive of Supermacs, said he was “delighted” with the Council’s decision and a motorway service area is needed
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Gordon Deegan

Supermacs has secured planning permission for a €10 million Barack Obama style motorway plaza outside Ennis off the M18 motorway.

The permission from Clare County Council for the development at Kilbreckan, Doora outside Ennis is the latest twist in the long-running planning saga that has been going on for just under five years.

The fast food business lodged its first plan in January 2016 for a motorway plaza outside Ennis and the Council has now granted planning to the third planning application for the plaza in spite of opposition from a number of local Ennis businesses to the plan.

Bogus letters

A previous application was marred in controversy, after it emerged in 2018 that bogus letters of support were lodged with the Council.

At the time, Supermacs stated that it was ‘horrified’ to learn about the bogus letters from the media “and disowns the actions taken and wants to distance itself completely from them”.

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Pat McDonagh, chief executive of Supermacs, said he was “delighted” with the Council’s decision and a motorway service area is needed. “There is nothing on that motorway between Limerick and Tuam. There is something going to go on it somewhere and it will be a big loss to Ennis if they don’t get one there.

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“I believe that it will be very good for Clare and for Ennis and good for employment in that area," he said.

Mr McDonagh said the plan will provide around 100 jobs.

One group objection from five local businesses, who are all members of the Ennis Chamber of Commence, stated said the excessive scale of the proposal “will act as a counter attraction” to Ennis and Clarecastle and “have a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of those centres”.

Third parties have the option of appealing the Council decision to An Bord Pleanala and Mr McDonagh said he didn’t know if the decision will be appealed.

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