McKillen gets green light for his city hotel
An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to Paddy McKillen Jnr's plans for a boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop restaurant, in Ranelagh.
In giving the plan the green light, the appeals board chose to dismiss its own inspector's recommendation to refuse planning permission.
Earlier this year, seven separate appeals were lodged by local residents, with An Bord Pleanala against Dublin City Council's decision to give the five-floor, 41-bedroom hotel scheme the go-ahead.
The planned development - proposed for 117-119 Ranelagh Main Street - will also contain a 50-seat arthouse cinema in its basement.
One appellant, Kenny Worn, stated in a submission that Ranelagh already had five pubs, 18 restaurants and six takeaways.
"We don't need more bars, restaurants or hotels. We need a car park," he said.
Mr McKillen will add the hotel to his Press Up Entertainment Group portfolio that includes the Everleigh Garden nightclub, the Dean Hotel and the Workman's Club in Temple Bar.
The Press Up Entertainment Group operates 26 hospitality businesses in Dublin, including a contract at the Clarence Hotel, which is owned by Paddy McKillen Snr with U2 stars Bono and The Edge.
A spokeswoman for the Press Up Entertainment Group said yesterday: "The Ranelagh hotel will take from 18 months to two years for completion.
"It will create construction jobs during the build, and will also create 80 full and part-time jobs on opening.
"These will add to the 1000-plus employment opportunities that Press Up Entertainment Group already provides in the hospitality industry."