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Plans for McDonald's near school are refused

PLANS by McDonald's for a flagship restaurant beside a Dublin 4 primary school have been defeated.

The fast-food giant wanted to locate a drive-thru outlet on Beach Road in Sandymount.

But the application to Dublin City Council led to a flood of complaints from the local community, as well as political representatives including Labour's Kevin Humphreys and Maria Parodi.

Now the council has thrown out the proposal, saying a take-away is not permissible under the zoning for the area.

The planners added that, if it was permitted, the development would detract from the nearby commercially zoned districts of Irishtown and Ringsend.

The site was formerly the Winfield Motors car showrooms and is now owned by Maxol Ltd. While Maxol made the application to the council, it would have been operated by McDonald's.