'Now is the time to transform Liberties square' - developer
There was good news on the jobs front yesterday as the regeneration of an old square in the Liberties in Dublin is expected to create 1,700 posts.
Developers behind the project in Newmarket Square in the south inner city are planning a hotel, a microbrewery, an indoor market, shops, offices and homes.
The 1970s enterprise centre is in line to be demolished, with building work also extending to nearby Mill Street.
Newmarket Partnership said around 500 people will be employed in the construction phase, with the potential for a further 1,200 jobs when the scheme is completed.
It said the development will complement Dublin City Council's €3.2m upgrade of the square, home to the newly established Teeling Distillery.
"Much of the regeneration we are planning would involve replacing 1970s enterprise and factory units with mixed use development comprising a hotel, new retail and office space and accommodation," said a spokesman for the Newmarket Partnership.
"Newmarket Square has witnessed a rebirth thanks to the Teeling Distillery.
"We believe now is the time to transform the old centre into a residential and retail hub, with an iconic hotel and other attractions, which will encourage people to not only visit but reside in the heart of Dublin."