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Michael Joseph O’Rahilly

Michael Joseph O’Rahilly

Michael Joseph O’Rahilly

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for developers to demolish the home of the 1916 Rising leader, The O'Rahilly at Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 to make way for a €66m 12-storey luxury apartment scheme.

The appeals board has granted planning permission to the McSharry and Kennedy families, owners of the Herbert Park Hotel for the fast-track plan that will contain 105 apartments in a project called '40 Park' on a site overlooking Herbert Park, Ballsbridge.

In order to comply its Part V social housing obligations applicants Derryroe Ltd have put a price tag of €5.88m on 10 apartments it plans to sell to the council.

Demolition

The developers are planning to trade eight two-bedroom apartments with a price tag of €625,021 each and two one-bedroom apartments at €440,337 each to the City Council.

Derryroe Ltd has secured planning, despite strong opposition to the demolition of the The O'Rahilly home by relatives of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, Dept of Culture and Arts, An Taisce, The Pembroke Road Residents' Association and the South Georgian Core Residents' Association.

Michael Joseph O'Rahilly, known as The O'Rahilly, was the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in battle.

The O'Rahilly was the first occupant of Number 40 Herbert Park in 1909 and his widow, Nancy, lived there until her death.

However, the appeals board's Senior Planning Inspector in the case, Karen Kenny concluded that 40 Herbert Park is not a Protected Structure and not subject to any form of heritage designation and on that basis, she considered "that a refusal of permission based on the site's architectural or historic significance is not warranted".

Ms Kenny stated that the information provided to her, or arguments put forward by An Taisce, did not satisfy her as to why Number 40 Herbert Park should be retained.

The appeals board gave the plan the green light after concluding that it would constitute an acceptable quantum and density of development in this accessible urban location.