Local representative appeals plans that would demolish downtown beer garden

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Dublin Central TD Neasa Hourigan today announced that she will appeal the decision to grant planning permission to a hotel which will see a city center beer garden demolished.

Neasa Hourigan TD has made its intentions known after assessing the level of public support for the upkeep of the O’Connell Street beer garden.

On June 7, Dublin City Council authorized the Holiday Inn Express to expand its premises with a six-storey development to add 95 rooms to its offering.

Public outcry followed the announcement that this social hub was under threat, prompting the launch of a petition that had collected just over 5,000 signatures in 24 hours.

The beer garden is shared by Fibbers, the Living Room and the Murray Pub, although it is owned by the hotel.

Given the level of interest, Dep. Hourigan stressed that she felt the launch of the call would be appropriate to allow the public to have a say in the development.

“I think it’s really important, now that there has been a strong reaction from Dubliners who appreciate the night economy

“I think it would be really nice to give people a second chance to express their views on the closure of this beer garden and this development.

“And to really communicate to Dublin City Council whether they think it’s the right thing to do.”