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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Anger after historic distillery in city centre is knocked by builders

Remains of the building following the controversial demolition
Remains of the building following the controversial demolition
The Irish Distillers Building in the Smithfield area of Dublin before the demolition, which is part of a major redevelopment plan

Heritage campaigners have criticised the demolition of a 19th century distillery building.

The limestone facade of the Irish Distillers Building has been knocked down with the rest of the structure, despite its preservation being stipulated in the original planning permission.

The building located beside the Jameson Distillery is part of the Distillers Building plan, which will provide office space within the two-storey 20,000sqm development.

Structural

Linders of Smithfield were granted planning permission by Dublin City Council in 2016 but were expected to keep the limestone facade. However, the council said yesterday that a structural issue meant the facade had to be knocked too.

"Approval was given by Dublin City Council to demolish the building except for the eastern wall but when the demolition happened, the developer discovered a structural issue which meant the eastern wall would also need to be demolished," said the council.

"The council gave approval for this on health and safety grounds. However, the developer has been instructed to rebuild the eastern wall as part of the works."

Heritage group An Taisce reacted angrily yesterday to the demolition.

"A significant heritage building in the Smithfield area has been demolished in contravention to planning permission conditions," it said in a statement.

Ian Lumley, from An Taisce, told the Herald that the demolition on Bow Street was a "clear breach of planning permission which provided for maintenance of a 19th Century stone wall".

Separately, the Limerick chapter of An Taisce has launched a campaign to stop the demolition of a 200-year-old red brick Georgian building.

Curragower House is at risk of being torn down to make way for a private residence, an apartment block, and a cafe.

Limerick City Council, which approved the application by Derry Corbett to develop the land, said it could not comment on the issue as it was under an appeal.

Also in Limerick, An Post is set to alter the facade of the 20th century General Post Office on Lower Cecil Street.

Planning documents show An Post is seeking to remove part of the timber frame facade and to remove existing ceramic and mosaic tiling finishes.

An Post is also set to overhaul the interior of its St Andrew's Street post office in inner city Dublin and "upgrade" a post office in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

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