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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Yes to new embassy ... but no flags allowed

MISSION: Developers face battle for flagpoles

DUBLIN City Council has told a building company it can develop an embassy -- but with definitely no flagpoles.

Landmark Investment Company Ltd has been given permission for an as-yet-unspecified EU diplomatic mission at Dublin 2's upmarket Merrion Square.

But the firm has been told it can't erect flagpoles at the front of the premises at No 80, formerly the FAI headquarters

In a split decision, council planners approved internal alterations enabling the Georgian building to be used as an embassy -- but would not allow installation of the poles.

Among the works permitted are the insertion of a security scanner and a new kitchen.







Exempted

A clamped-on electronic lock is also to be fitted to the existing front gate.

However, the council ruled that the erection of two flagpoles -- an EU and a national flag -- at the first-floor level at the front is an exempted development.

It means Landmark will now have to submit a full planning application, seeking permission for the poles.

The council issued its decision in recent days, after the application was lodged in December.

Developments exempted under the planning acts are works which do not require planning permission.

They include certain types of changes of use and, under certain circumstances, material alterations to buildings.



Record

No 80 was bought by businessman Lochlainn Quinn, who is involved with Landmark, in June 2007 for €9m.

Mr Quinn, one of the owners of the Merrion Hotel, set a record when he bought the building.

comurphy@herald.ie

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